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Title: Development of algae biorefinery concepts for biofuels and bioproducts; a perspective on process-compatible products and their impact on cost-reduction


Biomass and bioproduct composition critical improvements are a priority for the nascent algae-based bioeconomy.

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  1. National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, USA
  2. Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, USA
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
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OSTI ID: 1375622
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Journal ID: ISSN 1754-5692; EESNBY
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AC36-08-GO28308; AC36-08GO28308
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Published Article
Journal Name:
Energy & Environmental Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Energy & Environmental Science Journal Volume: 10 Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1754-5692
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Country of Publication:
United Kingdom
09 BIOMASS FUELS; biomass; bioproducts; biofuels; algae; biorefinery

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Laurens, Lieve M. L., Markham, Jennifer, Templeton, David W., Christensen, Earl D., Van Wychen, Stefanie, Vadelius, Eric W., Chen-Glasser, Melodie, Dong, Tao, Davis, Ryan, and Pienkos, Philip T. Development of algae biorefinery concepts for biofuels and bioproducts; a perspective on process-compatible products and their impact on cost-reduction. United Kingdom: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1039/C7EE01306J.
Laurens, Lieve M. L., Markham, Jennifer, Templeton, David W., Christensen, Earl D., Van Wychen, Stefanie, Vadelius, Eric W., Chen-Glasser, Melodie, Dong, Tao, Davis, Ryan, & Pienkos, Philip T. Development of algae biorefinery concepts for biofuels and bioproducts; a perspective on process-compatible products and their impact on cost-reduction. United Kingdom. doi:10.1039/C7EE01306J.
Laurens, Lieve M. L., Markham, Jennifer, Templeton, David W., Christensen, Earl D., Van Wychen, Stefanie, Vadelius, Eric W., Chen-Glasser, Melodie, Dong, Tao, Davis, Ryan, and Pienkos, Philip T. Sun . "Development of algae biorefinery concepts for biofuels and bioproducts; a perspective on process-compatible products and their impact on cost-reduction". United Kingdom. doi:10.1039/C7EE01306J.
title = {Development of algae biorefinery concepts for biofuels and bioproducts; a perspective on process-compatible products and their impact on cost-reduction},
author = {Laurens, Lieve M. L. and Markham, Jennifer and Templeton, David W. and Christensen, Earl D. and Van Wychen, Stefanie and Vadelius, Eric W. and Chen-Glasser, Melodie and Dong, Tao and Davis, Ryan and Pienkos, Philip T.},
abstractNote = {Biomass and bioproduct composition critical improvements are a priority for the nascent algae-based bioeconomy.},
doi = {10.1039/C7EE01306J},
journal = {Energy & Environmental Science},
number = 8,
volume = 10,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {2017},
month = {1}

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A process for high yield and scaleable recovery of high purity eicosapentaenoic acid esters from microalgae and fish oil
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Green approach for the preparation of biodegradable lubricant base stock from epoxidized vegetable oil
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Advances in Proteinous Biomaterials
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Hydrogen from catalytic reforming of biomass-derived hydrocarbons in liquid water
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Cellulose: Fascinating Biopolymer and Sustainable Raw Material
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Design and techno-economic evaluation of microbial oil production as a renewable resource for biodiesel and oleochemical production
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Chemical composition of the cell wall in some green algae species
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Polyurethanes preparation using proteins obtained from microalgae
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Availability of protein-derived amino acids as feedstock for the production of bio-based chemicals
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The comparative aspects of cell wall chemistry in the green algae (chlorophyta)
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Process for obtaining cellulose acetate from agricultural by-products
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The value of post-extracted algae residue
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The physicochemical characteristics of nonfat set yoghurt containing some hydrocolloids
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High-value products from microalgae—their development and commercialisation
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Enhancement of lipid extraction for improved biodiesel recovery from the biodiesel promising microalga Scenedesmus obliquus
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Polyols and Polyurethanes from Crude Algal Oil
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Waste Not, Want Not: Mild and Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Uronic Acids
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Natural surfactants
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Media optimization of Parietochloris incisa for arachidonic acid accumulation in an outdoor vertical tubular photobioreactor
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Advances in cellulose ester performance and application
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Assessment of technological options and economical feasibility for cyanophycin biopolymer and high-value amino acid production
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Development of a process for the production of l-amino-acids concentrates from microalgae by enzymatic hydrolysis
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Biomass productivity and productivity of fatty acids and amino acids of microalgae strains as key characteristics of suitability for biodiesel production
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Exopolymer Production by the Green Alga Penium margaritaceum : Implications for Biofilm Residency
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Fluoride Removal from Water using Bio-Char, a Green Waste, Low-Cost Adsorbent: Equilibrium Uptake and Sorption Dynamics Modeling
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Catalytic dehydration of glycerol in sub- and supercritical water: a new chemical process for acrolein production
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The Effect of Polymeric Chain Extenders on Physical Properties of Thermoplastic Starch and Polylactic Acid Blends
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Chemical epoxidation of a natural unsaturated epoxy seed oil fromVernonia galamensis and a look at epoxy oil markets
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Environmental and economic assessment of lactic acid production from glycerol using cascade bio- and chemocatalysis
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Synthesis of renewable plasticizer alcohols by formal anti-Markovnikov hydration of terminal branched chain alkenes via a borane-free oxidation/reduction sequence
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Comparison of the Functionality of Exopolysaccharides Produced In Situ or Added as Bioingredients on Yogurt Properties
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Nature-like synthetic alkyl branched-chain glycolipids: a review on chemical structure and self-assembly properties
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Amino acid composition of algal products and its contribution to RDI
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Transesterification of epoxidized soybean oil to prepare epoxy methyl esters
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Quantitative Uncertainty Analysis of Life Cycle Assessment for Algal Biofuel Production
journal, December 2012

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Separation and quantification of microalgal carbohydrates
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Algae as a source of renewable chemicals: opportunities and challenges
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