Conceptual Design of an Integrated Micro-Algal Biomass-to-Liquids Process

J. Brink & S. Marx
A new integrated biomass­to­liquids conceptual process was developed to produce 2.6 million litres of biodiesel per year from harvested micro­algal biomass. Three unconventional harvesting methods, a thermochemical liquefaction process to extract oils from micro­algal biomass, and a process to produce biodiesel through the acid­catalyzed transesterification of micro­algal oil, were combined into an integrated BtL process. The new process combined four renewable energy sources to produce biodiesel from micro­algal biomass. Wind power is utilized indirectly, as...