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Author(s): Teresa M. Mata
Adélio M. Mendes
Nídia S. Caetano
António A. Martins
Title: Sustainability and economic evaluation of microalgae grown in brewery wastewater
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: This article evaluates the sustainability and economic potential of microalgae grown in brewery wastewater for biodiesel and biomass production. Three sustainability and two economic indicators wereconsidered in the evaluation within a life cycle perspective. For the production system the most efficientprocess units were selected. Results show that harvesting and oil separation are the main process bottlenecks. Microalgae with higher lipid content and productivity are desirable for biodiesel production,although comparable to other biofuel's feedstock concerning sustainability. However, improvementsare still needed to reach the performance level of fossil diesel. Profitability reaches a limit for largercultivation areas, being higher when extracted biomass is sold together with microalgae oil, in which casethe influence of lipid content and areal productivity is smaller. The values of oil and/or biomass pricescalculated to ensure that the process is economically sound are still very high compared with other fueloptions, especially biodiesel.
Subject: Engenharia química, Engenharia química
Chemical engineering, Chemical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia química
Engineering and technology::Chemical engineering
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/PEst-C/EQB/UI0511/2013/PROJECTO ESTRATÉGICO - UI 511 - 2013-2014/UI0511
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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