Sustainable Production of Green Fuels and Chemicals Using Microalgae as Feedstock
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The most crucial challenges faced by our society today are energy security, uncertainty in fuel prices and the environmental impact due to the harmful emissions. The last decade has seen intensive research efforts in exploitation of microalgae as a potential source of fuel and other value added products. This chapter provides an overview of microalgae based biorefinery concept aimed at economical and efficient product formation. The integrated approach of carbon dioxide sequestration and wastewater treatment along with biomass accumulation of microalgae provides dual advantage of reducing pollution load and simultaneously generating biomass for valorisation. The commercialization potential of microalgal fuels and chemicals has also been highlighted in this chapter.
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