Microalgae provide a lot of value products for human nutrition and health care. In recent times, they have been propagated as second-generation energy plants producing biofuels, such as ethanol, biogas and hydrogen, in particular, biodiesel of oil-containing specimen. Cultivation of algae under controlled conditions in photobioreactors guarantees a high and constant yield of biomass independent from ambient climatic conditions, quality of soil and water supply. For producing a given amount of biomass, microalgal cultures need about 1,000 times less water than crops and produce on the same area about 15 times more oil for biodiesel than, for example, rapeseed. Costs of biodiesel from microalgal cultures mainly depend on oil content of algae and on algal by-products such as cellulose that can also be exploited. A breakthrough of algal biodiesel on the market will depend on both the price of petrodiesel and the political will to support a promising source of alternative energy.

Guide to Alternative Fuels

Guide to Alternative Fuels

Your Alternative Fuel Solution for Saving Money, Reducing Oil Dependency, and Helping the Planet. Ethanol is an alternative to gasoline. The use of ethanol has been demonstrated to reduce greenhouse emissions slightly as compared to gasoline. Through this ebook, you are going to learn what you will need to know why choosing an alternative fuel may benefit you and your future.

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