Borowitzka, Michael A., Moheimani, Navid R. (Eds.)
2013, XII, 288 p.
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Focuses on the major aspects of renewable biofuel production from microalgae
Includes practical applications on laboratory level and larger scale
Written by key experts in the field of applied phycology
Microalgae are one of the most studied potential sources of biofuels and bioenergy. This book covers the key steps in the production of renewable biofuels from microalgae - strain selection, culture systems, inorganic carbon utilisation, lipid metabolism and quality, hydrogen production, genetic engineering, biomass harvesting, extraction. Greenhouse gas and techno-economic modelling are reviewed as is the 100 year history of microalgae as sources of biofuels and of commercial-scale microalgae culture. A summary of relevant basic standard methods used in the study of microalgae culture is provided. The book is intended for the expert and those starting work in the field.
1. Energy from microalgae: A short history.- 2. Algal lipids and their metabolism.- 3. Hydrogenases, nitrogenases, anoxia, and H2 production in water-oxidizing phototrophs.- 4. Species and strain selection.- 5. Limits to phototrophic growth in dense culture: CO2 supply and light.- 6. Genetic engineering to improve algal biofuels production.- 7. Photobioreactors for microalgae biofuel production.- 8. Open pond culture systems.- 9. Wastewater treatment and algal biofuel production.- 10. Harvesting, thickening and dewatering microalgae biomass.- 11. Solvent extraction for microalgae lipids.- 12. Production and properties of biodiesel from algal oils.- 13. Energy considerations of photobioreactors.- 14. Greenhouse gas balance and algae-based biodiesel.- 15. Techno-economic modelling for biofuels from microalgae.- 16. Basic methods for measuring algae growth and composition.
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