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Process intensification of microalgal biofuel production

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


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This chapter focuses on new process intensification routes that can be applied to different stages within the microalgal biofuel production system: cultivation, harvesting, pretreatment, and conversion. Microalgae cultivation can be in open or closed bioreactors, at batch or continuous mode, using either fresh, sea, or wastewater as medium. Intensification during cultivation is discussed by looking into the synergic effect of microorganisms through biofilm growth or co-cultivation. Dual microalgae harvesting and pretreatment intensification via a novel method called ozone-flotation is revised. The latter weakens microalgae cells and supports disruption, saving time and energy. Thermal cracking, in situ transesterification or simultaneous saccharification, and fermentation are rapid conversion routes discussed for biofuel production. This chapter then looks into microalgae biofuels’ industrial status and shows that biofuel production from microalgae can become more effective thanks to process intensification approaches. Lastly, recommendations on intensification processes are proposed.

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Author(s): Velasquez-Orta SB, Mohiuddin O, Orta-Ledesma MT, Harvey AP

Editor(s): Eduardo Jacob-Lopes, Leila Queiroz Zepka, Ihana Aguiar Severo, Mariana Manzoni Maroneze,

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: 3rd Generation Biofuels

Year: 2022

Pages: 269-290

Online publication date: 03/06/2022

Acceptance date: 02/05/2022

Publisher: Woodhead Publishing


DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-323-90971-6.00030-9

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ISBN: 9780323909716