Analysis of Potential of High Quality Biodiesel Production from Microalgae

S. Dutta, F. Neto, M.C. Coelho, P.P. Gonçalves, V.S. Silva, S. Kopyl, N. Soares, J. Gracio & A.C.M. Sousa
Biodiesel fuel has received considerable attention in recent years, as it is a biodegradable, renewable and non-toxic fuel. In the present work we investigated the potential of the biodiesel produced from microalgae Chlorella vulgaris grown in laboratory conditions to be further explored as mass production. Initially, lipids were extracted from microalgae, and then lipid samples were converted to fatty acid methyl esters by a reaction of transesterification. In our work the wet extraction procedure as...