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Biodiesel from algae: challenges and prospects.

Scott, SA and Davey, MP and Dennis, JS and Horst, I and Howe, CJ and Lea-Smith, DJ and Smith, AG (2010) Biodiesel from algae: challenges and prospects. Curr Opin Biotechnol, 21. pp. 277-286.

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Microalgae offer great potential for exploitation, including the production of biodiesel, but the process is still some way from being carbon neutral or commercially viable. Part of the problem is that there is little established background knowledge in the area. We should look both to achieve incremental steps and to increase our fundamental understanding of algae to identify potential paradigm shifts. In doing this, integration of biology and engineering will be essential. In this review we present an overview of a potential algal biofuel pipeline, and focus on recent work that tackles optimization of algal biomass production and the content of fuel molecules within the algal cell.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biofuels Biomass Energy-Generating Resources Eukaryota
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:58
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 02:07
DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2010.03.005