Microalgae potential as a biogas source: current status, restraints and future trends

David U. Santos-Ballardo, Sergio Rossi, Cuauhtémoc Reyes-Moreno, Angel Valdez-Ortiz

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Abstract

© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. In recent years, the world energy demands have had a recurrent increase. For this reason the alternative to the fossil fuel resources are trend topics in investigation. Microalgae have been extensively studied as a source of biofuels and as one of the most promising alternatives in this new framework. One of the possibilities of obtaining renewable energy from microalgae is biogas production using anaerobic digestion process. This process is considered a significant component for biofuels and waste management, since represent an opportunity for energy generation using different wastewater products; also, the economic viability of microalgae liquid biofuel production could be improved. However, the anaerobic digestion of microalgae biomass is still not optimized because of the numerous technical limitations such as the microalgae characteristics, low carbon:nitrogen ratio, ammonia toxicity and even salinity. The present review summarizes and compares information concerning to anaerobic digestion of microalgal biomass and future directions for research. Besides, specific operational factors and potential inhibitory parameters of the process are analyzed and compared. Additionally, the paper covers the state or art concerning in methane production enhancement from algal biomass.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-264
JournalReviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Biogas
  • Biorefineries
  • Co-digestions
  • Microalgae biomass
  • Pre-treatments
  • Production enhancement

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