Techno-economic feasibility of microalgae-based energy in Finland and globally

Eemeli Hytönen

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    Various forms of bioenergy can be produced from algae. These include biodiesel through transesterification of the algal lipids, biogas from anaerobic digestion of the algal biomass (after or without lipid extraction), and heat and electricity from combustion of the algal biomass or burning of biogas produced from it. Suitable sources of carbon, nutrients and energy are key requirements for the growth of algae. The source of carbon can be CO2 or sugars originating, for example, from agricultural side streams. Nutrients for growth can be either purchased (commercial fertilizers) or waste-dervied, such as from waste water. Energy can be in the form of sunlight or chemical energy from consumption of organic compounds.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable algal biomass products by cultivation in waste water flows
    EditorsMona Arnold
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8084-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Technology


    • microalgae
    • biofuels
    • waste
    • biorefinery


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