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Title: Fuels from microalgae

Many species of aquatic plants can provide a source of renewable energy. Some species of microalgae, in particular, produce lipids -- oils that can be extracted and converted to a diesel fuel substitute or to gasoline. Since 1979 the Aquatic Species Program element of the Biofuels Program, has supported fundamental and applied research to develop the technology for using this renewable energy resource. This document, produced by the Solar Technical Information Program, provides an overview of the DOE/SERI Aquatic Species Program element. Chapter 1 is an introduction to the program and to the microalgae. Chapter 2 is an overview of the general principles involved in making fuels from microalgae. It also outlines the technical challenges to producing economic, high-energy transportation fuels. Chapter 3 provides an overview of the Algal Production and Economic Model (APEM). This model was developed by researchers within the program to identify aspects of the process critical to performance with the greatest potential to reduce costs. The analysis using this model has helped direct research sponsored by the program. Finally, Chapter 4 provides an overview of the Aquatic Species Program and describes current research. 28 refs., 17 figs.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6111157
Report Number(s):
SERI/SP-320-3396
ON: DE88001192
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Research Org:
Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; ALGAE; PRODUCTION; SYNTHETIC FUELS; BIOTECHNOLOGY; AQUACULTURE; CARBON DIOXIDE; COST; CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; GENETIC ENGINEERING; HARVESTING; LIPIDS; NUTRIENTS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; WATER; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; ECONOMICS; FUELS; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PLANTS AQUATIC SPECIES PROGRAM; MICROALGAE; LIPIDS; LIQUID FUELS; GASOLINE; DIESEL 140504* -- Solar Energy Conversion-- Biomass Production & Conversion-- (-1989)