Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 126–144

Microalgae biofuel potentials (Review)

  • Y. Ghasemi
  • S. Rasoul-Amini
  • A. T. Naseri
  • N. Montazeri-Najafabady
  • M. A. Mobasher
  • F. Dabbagh
Article

DOI: 10.1134/S0003683812020068

Cite this article as:
Ghasemi, Y., Rasoul-Amini, S., Naseri, A.T. et al. Appl Biochem Microbiol (2012) 48: 126. doi:10.1134/S0003683812020068

Abstract

With the decrease of fossil based fuels and the environmental impact of them over the planet, it seems necessary to seek the sustainable sources of clean energy. Biofuels, is becoming a worldwide leader in the development of renewable energy resources. It is worthwhile to say that algal biofuel production is thought to help stabilize the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and decrease global warming impacts. Also, among algal fuels’ attractive characteristics, algal biodiesel is non toxic, with no sulfur, highly biodegradable and relatively harmless to the environment if spilled. Algae are capable of producing in excess of 30 times more oil per acre than corn and soybean crops. Currently, algal biofuel production has not been commercialized due to high costs associated with production, harvesting and oil extraction but the technology is progressing. Extensive research was conducted to determine the utilization of microalgae as an energy source and make algae oil production commercially viable.

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Ghasemi
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Rasoul-Amini
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • A. T. Naseri
    • 2
  • N. Montazeri-Najafabady
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. A. Mobasher
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Dabbagh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Faculty of PharmacyShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran
  2. 2.Pharmaceutical Sciences Research CenterShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran
  3. 3.Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of PharmacyShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran

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