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Microalgae harvesting using ozoflotation: Effect on lipid and FAME recoveries

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sharon Velasquez OrtaORCiD, Professor Adam Harvey, Professor Maria Orta Ledesma



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Developing an economical algae harvesting system still remains a challenge today. One of the strategies to decrease harvesting costs prior conversion is employing technologies that can have additional benefits apart of separation. In this work we explore ozoflotation as a technique to recover microalgae grown in treated wastewater and we evaluate the effect of ozone on lipid and FAME recoveries. A high percentage of biomass can be harvested (79.6% as TSS) when using an ozone dose of 0.23 mg/mg of dried biomass. Additionally, two interesting effects of ozone were found in this study. The amount of lipid extracted and FAME recovered from the biomass, at least, doubles when using ozoflotation (with ozone doses of 0.12–0.23 mg/mg of dried biomass) than when using centrifugation. And, the oxidative stability of biodiesel can be enhanced by the effect that ozone has in the degree of FAME saturation.

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Author(s): Velasquez-Orta SB, Garcia-Estrada R, Monje-Ramirez I, Harvey A, Orta Ledesma MT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Biomass and Bioenergy

Year: 2014

Volume: 70

Pages: 356-363

Print publication date: 01/11/2014

Online publication date: 16/09/2014

Acceptance date: 22/08/2014

Date deposited: 03/12/2014

ISSN (print): 0961-9534

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2909

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.08.022


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3302International Cooperation Fund of the Instituto de Ingenieria, UNAM