From Algae to Biofuel: Engineering Aspects

  • Vikram M. Pattarkine
  • Dheeban Chakravarthi Kannan
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 25)


Algae are considered the most promising third-generation biofuel feedstock, because algae can grow on wasteland, wastewater, and waste gas. Thus, they do not compete with any resources needed for other useful purposes. Understanding how to engineer algae-to-biofuel systems is critical if we have to succeed in meeting our future transportation fuel demands. This chapter presents the engineering fundamentals of the algae-to-biofuel process and also draws attention to the challenges we must overcome.


Anaerobic Digestion Numerous Alga Open Pond Biofuel Feedstock Raceway Pond 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vikram M. Pattarkine
    • 1
  • Dheeban Chakravarthi Kannan
    • 2
  1. 1.CEO, PEACE USAMechanicsburgUSA
  2. 2.Biotechnology and Bioresources DivisionThe Energy and Resources InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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