Document Type

Article

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Not Published

Publication Date

3-31-2015

DOI

10.2172/1177407

Abstract

One of the most promising fuel alternatives is algae biodiesel. Algae reproduce quickly, produce oils more efficiently than crop plants, and require relatively few nutrients for growth. These nutrients can potentially be derived from inexpensive waste sources such as flue gas and wastewater, providing a mutual benefit of helping to mitigate carbon dioxide waste. Algae can also be grown on land unsuitable for agricultural purposes, eliminating competition with food sources. This project focused on cultivating select algae species under various environmental conditions to optimize oil yield. Membrane studies were also conducted to transfer carbon di-oxide more efficiently. An LCA study was also conducted to investigate the energy intensive steps in algae cultivation.

Comments

This is a technical report made available to the public through the US Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). https://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/1177407

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