Anaerobic Digestion of Microalgae Biomass for Methane Production

  • Hossain M. Zabed
  • Xianghui QiEmail author
  • Junhua Yun
  • Huanhuan Zhang


Biomethane is one of the most promising biofuels that is produced from a wide variety of biomass using anaerobic digestion (AD) process. Microalgae, among these biomass sources, have received significant attention since the past years due to their rapid growth rate, capability of accumulating different biomolecules, effective CO2 sequestration, and requirement of relatively small land area. However, despite these advantages of microalgae and potential of AD, conversion of microalgae into methane is bottlenecked by the low biomass loading and recalcitrance of digestible components, low C/N ratio, and interferences of various factors. Eventually, it is necessary to make effective efforts for addressing the shortcomings of the overall process to achieve a state-of-the-art technology for commercial scale methane production. This chapter will discuss the major aspects of biomethane production from microalgae focusing on the potential of these biomass sources for methane production, technical aspects in the conversion of microalgae into methane, and factors affecting methane yield in AD of microalgae.


Biofuels Microalgae Biomethane Pretreatment Microalgae cultivation Anaerobic digestion Biogas Methanogenesis 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 31571806), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2017M621657), National Key R & D Program (Grant No. 2017YFC1600806), and high-level talents project of Six Talent Peaks in Jiangsu Province (Grant No. SWYY-018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hossain M. Zabed
    • 1
  • Xianghui Qi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Junhua Yun
    • 1
  • Huanhuan Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Food and Biological EngineeringJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangChina

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