Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 1745–1759 | Cite as

Environmental study of producing microalgal biomass and bioremediation of cattle manure effluents by microalgae cultivation

  • Marisa Daniele Scherer
  • Amanda Cristina de Oliveira
  • Fernando Jorge Corrêa Magalhães Filho
  • Cássia Maria Lie Ugaya
  • André Bellin Mariano
  • José Viriato Coelho Vargas
Original Paper

Abstract

This study conducts a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of microalgae grown in laboratory scale using different mediums to produce biomass and purify the effluent organic load. Within this LCA, two microalgae cultivation systems were evaluated: (1) cultivation with synthetic nutrients (CSN) and (2) cultivation with cattle manure effluent from biodigestion (CME). The comparison unit among the two culture systems was the production of 10 g of dry microalgae Scenedesmus sp. biomass through the CML 2000 method. Environmental aspects and impacts of the two systems were analyzed, showing that the CME required less water and reduced the potential for eutrophication in comparison with the CSN. Furthermore, the CME reduced all physical–chemical parameters indicating efficient purification of the effluent through microalgae cultivation, resulting in a 92.5% decrease in total nitrogen and a 51.9% decrease in phosphorus. The key conclusions were that CME is an environmentally conscious and promising technology for wastewater treatment when combined with microalgae biomass production. Although the analysis was conducted in laboratory scale, it is reasonable to project the results to a larger-scale production, provided that adequate control strategies are implemented. Follow-up studies should be conducted with microalgae cultivated in similar effluents to cattle manure (e.g., pig or chicken manure, sugar cane industry effluents and wastewater) in order to evaluate their potential for biomass production and wastewater treatment applications.

Keywords

Scenedesmus sp. Biomass production Cattle manure effluent Bioremediation Life cycle assessment 

Abbreviations

AC

Acidification

AD

Abiotic depletion

BOD

Biochemical oxygen demand

CME

Crops with cattle manure effluent

COD

Chemical oxygen demand

CSN

Crops with synthetic nutrients

DOL

Depletion of the ozone layer

EDTA

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

EFR

Ecotoxicology of freshwater resources

EMWR

Ecotoxicity of marine water resources

EU

Eutrophication

GHG

Greenhouse gas emissions

GWP

Global warming potential

HT

Human toxicity

LCA

Life cycle assessment

LCI

Life cycle inventory

LCIA

Life cycle impact assessment

NPDEAS

Center for Research and Development in Sustainable Energy

PBR

Photobioreactor

PO

Photochemical oxidation

TE

Terrestrial ecotoxicity

UASB

Upflow anaerobic sludge blanket

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marisa Daniele Scherer
    • 1
  • Amanda Cristina de Oliveira
    • 1
  • Fernando Jorge Corrêa Magalhães Filho
    • 2
  • Cássia Maria Lie Ugaya
    • 3
  • André Bellin Mariano
    • 1
  • José Viriato Coelho Vargas
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade Federal Do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Católica Dom BoscoCampo GrandeBrazil
  3. 3.Universidade Tecnológica Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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