Volume 8, Issue 2
Published: February 17, 2014
Shining a light on microalgae

Microalgae are currently promoted as a promising source of biofuels and added-value products which can help improve the sustainability of biofuel processes. However, production costs are still limiting the development of commercialscale production systems. Maximisation of productivity, combined with the minimisation of photobioreactor costs and energy requirements, is necessary to achieve a profitable production process.

Research at lab-scale, using artificial light sources, is vital to identify major bottlenecks and optimise biomass production by controlling media composition, the process environment and manipulation of basic metabolism.

The next step is to evaluate the resulting production concepts in the pilot-scale using sunlight as an energy source. A prerequisite for the pilot-scale, however, is to generate large amounts of algae biomass in a short time within a laboratory to serve as starter culture.

To read the article in full you have to be a subscriber...
Further Articles in this Issue:
The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePure) has filed a complaint with the European Commission office with a view to stopping the circumvention of EU antidumping duties on fuel ethanol. In a statement... [Read more]
A lack of any transportfocused mandate from the European Commission (EC) as it delivered its vision on a long-term energy and climate policy has sparked a reaction from stakeholders in the renewable fuels... [Read more]
The US Congress has completed work on a new Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Farm Bill), funding a broad slate of programmes through to 2018. By tradition, the legislation and... [Read more]
January and February are traditionally fairly weak months for EU ethanol, and 2014 continued this trend with January settling at €473/m3, and early indications February will not be far behind. However,... [Read more]
Biodiesel remains economically challenged when compared with ultralow sulphur diesel (ULSD) fuel, although current historically low supply for distillate fuels, amid raging demand for heating fuels in... [Read more]
The laudable goal of developing a strong bioeconomy is primarily focused on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and minimising greenhouse gases (GHGs). Typically driving the discussion is the belief that... [Read more]
The future looks exciting for one bioethanol project in Argentina as a new facility is set to begin operations this year. The Association of Argentinean Cooperatives (ACA), originally founded in 1922 and... [Read more]
The success of ethanol production by Brazilian distilleries depends on robust yeast strains with high fermentative performance, which are more adapted to stressful conditions of industrial fermentations.... [Read more]
The world’s fourthlargest continent is a global hub for both ethanol and biodiesel production, as varied climates and terrains provide ideal conditions for farming a variety of feedstocks. However,... [Read more]
Colombia’s mandatory B10 biodiesel blend policy is satisfied solely with biodiesel produced from palm oil grown on national plantations. The fourth largest producer of palm oil in the world, and... [Read more]
The biofuels market closely resembles the fossil fuel market, since both follow this path: feedstock, processing, distribution. In the case of the oil industry, the feedstock part is quite an open and... [Read more]
Forests have provided us with raw material for many different industries, including energy, for centuries, as well as their other ecosystem services like oxygen production and water purification. During... [Read more]
T he intention of any traceability concept is to clearly identify those elements within a supply chain which are the root cause of a problem detected at a time when a batch of material has already been... [Read more]
Ennovor Group, one of Europe’s largest sustainable biodiesel producers, announced last October a partnership with Helveta Elements (HE), a biofuel traceability platform, to help collect, store and... [Read more]
Microalgae are currently promoted as a promising source of biofuels and added-value products which can help improve the sustainability of biofuel processes. However, production costs are still limiting... [Read more]
The SP Technical Research Institute, located in Sweden, has recently experienced a growth in interest for algal biomass from both national and international companies. Though SP has researched algae as... [Read more]
The Port of Ghent believes it reaffirmed its position as a primary handler of seaborne cargo traffic last year, while also becoming the biggest dry bulk port in Belgium and increasing its handling of biofuels... [Read more]
Most people in oleochemical production still work with a limited number of vegetable oil species, but there is now another way to multiple raw material sources, namely through modified structures of triglycerides... [Read more]
Forecasts suggest the number of automobiles throughout the world will double in the next 15 years, then again 20 years after that. While further developments in terms of electric cars and more efficient... [Read more]
Working with technology provider BDI Bioenergy, the biodiesel installation has been retrofitted in order to increase feedstock flexibility and product quality. Originally designed to handle mainly vegetable... [Read more]
London currently accounts for 9% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions, a figure registered at 39.9 million tonnes in 2011. Despite a fall in recent years, continuing cuts are necessary: the City of London’s... [Read more]
Israel-based enzyme and technology provider TransBiodiesel has been moving forward with new technology for the production of biodiesel using any vegetable oil grade feedstock (FFA 0-100%), and it seems... [Read more]