A Review of Novel Materials and Technologies for the Sustainable Development of Microalgae Biofuel

30 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2016

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Peng He

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Yongchao Zeng

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Di Du

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Yu-Jiun Lin

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Ying Wang

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Amr Abdel-Fattah

Saudi Aramco EXPEC-Advanced Research Center

Date Written: April 3, 2016

Abstract

Recently, microalgae has been identified as a renewable fuel source and shown advantages over other biomass-based fuels in terms of low natural resource utilization, low environmental footprint and high energy efficiency. However, with current technologies, scaling up the production of algal biofuels is facing many challenges. This paper evaluates the factors (technological, environmental, economic and political) involved in microalgae biofuel production and reviews novel materials and technologies that can make microalgae biofuel become sustainable and cost-efficient at the larger scale.

Keywords: Microalgae, Biofuels, Materials, Sustainability

JEL Classification: L71, O14, O31, Q16, Q42

Suggested Citation

He, Peng and Zeng, Yongchao and Du, Di and Lin, Yu-Jiun and Wang, Ying and Abdel-Fattah, Amr, A Review of Novel Materials and Technologies for the Sustainable Development of Microalgae Biofuel (April 3, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2758331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2758331

Peng He (Contact Author)

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University ( email )

6100 South Main Street
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Yongchao Zeng

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University ( email )

6100 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

Di Du

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University ( email )

6100 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
United States

Yu-Jiun Lin

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University ( email )

6100 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

Ying Wang

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University ( email )

6100 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

Amr Abdel-Fattah

Saudi Aramco EXPEC-Advanced Research Center ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Dhahran, 31311
Saudi Arabia

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