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Algae as a source of renewable chemicals: opportunities and challenges

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Abstract

Algae are being explored as a sustainable energy feedstock, having potential to reduce dependence on petrofuels and offset greenhouse gas emissions. Economic considerations and principles of green design suggest that if algae-to-fuel technology is to be successful, biofuels must be produced simultaneously with value-added co-products. At present, the algae industry is centered around a limited number of products, such as low-volume/high-value speciality nutrients. New products for medium- and high-volume markets will be needed as biomass production increases in scale. This Perspective highlights non-fuel applications of algal biomass that have received relatively little attention to date but are promising for future development. It is our goal to draw attention to some of the unique opportunities that algae present with respect to biochemical composition as compared to lignocellulosic energy crops.

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The article was received on 04 Jan 2011, accepted on 01 Mar 2011 and first published on 04 Apr 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C1GC00015B
Citation: Green Chem., 2011,13, 1399-1405
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    Algae as a source of renewable chemicals: opportunities and challenges

    P. M. Foley, E. S. Beach and J. B. Zimmerman, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 1399
    DOI: 10.1039/C1GC00015B

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