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Microalgae as a sustainable energy source for biodiesel production: A review

Microalgae as a sustainable energy source for biodiesel production: A review,10.1016/j.rser.2010.09.018,Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews,A. L. A

Microalgae as a sustainable energy source for biodiesel production: A review   (Citations: 8)
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Of the three generations of biodiesel feedstocks described in this paper, food crops, non-food crops and microalgae-derived biodiesel, it was found that the third generation, microalgae, is the only source that can be sustainably developed in the future. Microalgae can be converted directly into energy, such as biodiesel, and therefore appear to be a promising source of renewable energy. This paper presents a comparison between the use of microalgae and palm oil as biodiesel feedstocks. It was found that microalgae are the more sustainable source of biodiesel in terms of food security and environmental impact compared to palm oil. The inefficiency and unsustainability of the use of food crops as a biodiesel source have increased interest in the development of microalgae species to be used as a renewable energy source. In this paper, the main advantages of using microalgae for biodiesel production are described in comparison with other available feedstocks, primarily palm oil.
Journal: Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews - RENEW SUSTAIN ENERGY REV , vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 584-593, 2011
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