Novel approaches of producing bioenergies from microalgae: A recent review

Chung Hong Tan, Pau Loke Show, Jo Shu Chang, Tau Chuan Ling, John Chi Wei Lan

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Microalgae have caught the world's attention for its potential to solve one of the world's most pressing issues-sustainable green energy. Compared to biofuels supplied by oil palm, rapeseed, soybean and sugar cane, microalgae alone can be manipulated to generate larger amounts of biodiesel, bioethanol, biohydrogen and biomass in a shorter time. Apart from higher productivity, microalgae can also grow using brackish water on non-arable land, greatly reducing the competition with food and cash crops. Hence, numerous efforts have been put into the commercialisation of microalgae-derived biofuel by both the government and private bodies. This paper serves to review conventional and novel methods for microalgae culture and biomass harvest, as well as recent developments in techniques for microalgal biofuel production.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1219-1227
Number of pages9
JournalBiotechnology Advances
Issue number6
StatePublished - 31 Aug 2015


  • Biochemical
  • Bioenergy
  • Biofuel
  • Microalgae
  • Supercritical
  • Thermochemical


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