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Microalgal Biofuels • •

One of the most promising feedstocks for biofuel Resurgence of algal biofuels research and industrial and oil companies investment

Microalgae are unicellular photosynthetic microorganisms abundant in fresh water and marine environments everywhere on earth.They are capable of utilising carbon dioxide and sunlight to generate the complex biomolecules necessary to their survival.Under certain conditions (deprivation and stress), they can accumulate significant amounts of lipids (more than 50% of their cell dry weight.

High per ha productivity compared to typical terrestrial oil-seed crops

Use of otherwise non-productive, non arable land

Production of both biofuels and valuable co-products

For cost and energy reduction and maximization of lipid productivity, cell properties, open or closed cultivation systems, bioreactor design, efficiency in supply and use of nutriments need to be improved

Mireille BRUSCHI  

Renewable Energy

Mireille BRUSCHI  

Renewable Energy

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