Energy from Algae: Growth Optimization and Algae-to-Fuel Conversion Routes

L. Garcia Alba, J. De Weerdt, A.M. Verschoor, W.P.M. Van Swaaij & D.W.F. Brilman
Microalgae are generally considered as a high-potential renewable biomass source towards the production of energetically efficient and sustainable fuels. Optimization of the various steps in the algae-to-fuel chain is required in order to achieve this goal, and especially the algae culturing. An alternative culturing configuration, a so-called Hybrid Culture System, has been tested in order to combine the low cost advantage and easy operation of an open pond system with the high rate of control...