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Technologies for Biofuel Production: Current Development, Challenges, and Future Prospects

  • Divjot Kour
  • Kusam Lata Rana
  • Neelam Yadav
  • Ajar Nath YadavEmail author
  • Ali Asghar Rastegari
  • Chhatarpal Singh
  • Puneet Negi
  • Karan Singh
  • Anil Kumar Saxena
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Part of the Biofuel and Biorefinery Technologies book series (BBT, volume 10)

Abstract

The global energy demand is increasing day by day, with which substantial risk to the environment is also increasing. The consumption of the fuel, as well as the demand, is expected to grow rapidly side by side, and use of fossil energy is causing harmful impacts on the environment. All these factors have greatly attracted the attention of the researchers to find some alternative renewable resources of energy. Biofuels are an outstanding instance of renewable energy which can be produced using biological organisms which will ultimately cause a reduction in dependence on fossil fuels. Thus, biofuels are an attractive and feasible source of renewable energy on contrary to the geopolitical instability, finite nature, and deleterious global effects of fossil fuel energy. Biofuels are basically the energy-enriched chemicals that are generated either directly through the biological processes or from the chemical conversion of the biomass of prior living organisms. Biofuels are chiefly produced by photosynthetic organisms, including photosynthetic bacteria, micro- and macroalgae, and vascular land plants. Among all these organisms utilized, microalgae are being considered to be the most attractive source for production of biofuels. The biofuels production is still challenging at commercial scale, and new strains with commercial potential are still needed to be explored more. The combination of multiple genetic engineering strategies for optimizing the biofuels production will surely be useful. Thus, to overcome the energy crisis, the global cooperative efforts are very important for transforming biofuels into our current energy system that will further aid in cultivation methodology development as well as technology advancement of biofuels production.

Keywords

Biodiesel Biofuel Bioresources Microbial technologies Renewable energy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Prof. Harcharan Singh Dhaliwal, Vice Chancellor, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, India, for providing infrastructural facilities and constant encouragement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Divjot Kour
    • 1
  • Kusam Lata Rana
    • 1
  • Neelam Yadav
    • 2
  • Ajar Nath Yadav
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ali Asghar Rastegari
    • 3
  • Chhatarpal Singh
    • 4
  • Puneet Negi
    • 1
  • Karan Singh
    • 1
  • Anil Kumar Saxena
    • 5
  1. 1.Eternal University, Baru SahibSirmourIndia
  2. 2.Gopi Nath P.G. College, Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, Deoli-SalamatpurGhazipurIndia
  3. 3.Falavarjan Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityIsfahanIran
  4. 4.Department of Environmental Microbiology, School for Environmental SciencesBabasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar UniversityLucknowIndia
  5. 5.ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important MicroorganismsKushmaur, MauIndia

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