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Microalgae as the Third Generation Biofuel:Production, Usage, Challenges and Prospects
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Microalgae refer to a kind of autotrophic microorganism with rich nutrition and high photosynthetic utilization degree, which are widely living in the sea and land. Microalgae can be converted into bio energy such as biogas, biodiesel and bio oil. This thesis presents a review on the different cultivation methods and energy conversion techniques of microalgae. Through comparison with other biomass feedstocks, the advantages and disadvantages of microalgae are detailed. Since the large scale of microalgae bioenergy production has not been achieved yet, the commercial production requirements and the sustainability of microalgae are analysed. As a result, high lipid content, less cultivated land use and short life time circle are thought to be the typical advantages of microalgae that it can be considered as a potential substitute of fossil fuel.

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2013. , 31 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 166
Keyword [en]
Microalgae, bio- energy, Sustainability, Biofuel, Commercialization
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210995OAI: diva2:665095
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2013-05-29, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, Uppsala, 11:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-11-19 Created: 2013-11-18 Last updated: 2013-11-19Bibliographically approved

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