Evaluation of the production of lipids for fuels and proteins from microalgae by decomposition of the processing network

Tomasz Bocheński, Ana I. Torres, M. Tahir Ashraf, Jens Ejbye Schmidt, George Stephanopoulos

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Abstract

Microalgae is a promising feedstock for the production of liquid fuels to be used as replacements of oil-based fuels. In this work, we analyse a Chlorella vulgaris microalgae biorefinery that aims to produce biodiesel and renewable diesel from the lipids contained in the algae. The analysis is carried out by decomposing the biorefinery into a supply of lipids problem and a demand of lipids one. The results indicate that by just producing fuels out of microalgae, none of the actors involved (suppliers and demanders) make profit. Reconfiguration of the processing pathway by incorporating a cell disruption step together with the addition of a valuable protein stream, displays potential for a feasible biorefinery in which all actors make profit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication26 European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, 2016
EditorsZdravko Kravanja, Milos Bogataj
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Pages1635-1640
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780444634283
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Volume38
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

Keywords

  • algae processing network
  • Biorefinery
  • optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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