Microalgae biorefinery: High value products perspectives

Kit Wayne Chew, Jing Ying Yap, Pau Loke Show, Ng Hui Suan, Joon Ching Juan, Tau Chuan Ling, Duu Jong Lee, Jo Shu Chang

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Abstract

Microalgae have received much interest as a biofuel feedstock in response to the uprising energy crisis, climate change and depletion of natural sources. Development of microalgal biofuels from microalgae does not satisfy the economic feasibility of overwhelming capital investments and operations. Hence, high-value co-products have been produced through the extraction of a fraction of algae to improve the economics of a microalgae biorefinery. Examples of these high-value products are pigments, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and anti-oxidants, with applications in cosmetics, nutritional and pharmaceuticals industries. To promote the sustainability of this process, an innovative microalgae biorefinery structure is implemented through the production of multiple products in the form of high value products and biofuel. This review presents the current challenges in the extraction of high value products from microalgae and its integration in the biorefinery. The economic potential assessment of microalgae biorefinery was evaluated to highlight the feasibility of the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalBioresource technology
Volume229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

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Biofuels
Economics
biofuel
Cosmetics
Vitamins
Carbohydrates
Algae
Oxidants
Pigments
Climate change
Drug products
Feedstocks
Lipids
economics
Sustainable development
pharmaceutical industry
Proteins
vitamin
antioxidant
pigment

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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Chew, K. W., Yap, J. Y., Show, P. L., Suan, N. H., Juan, J. C., Ling, T. C., ... Chang, J. S. (2017). Microalgae biorefinery: High value products perspectives. Bioresource technology, 229, 53-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.01.006
Chew, Kit Wayne ; Yap, Jing Ying ; Show, Pau Loke ; Suan, Ng Hui ; Juan, Joon Ching ; Ling, Tau Chuan ; Lee, Duu Jong ; Chang, Jo Shu. / Microalgae biorefinery : High value products perspectives. In: Bioresource technology. 2017 ; Vol. 229. pp. 53-62.
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Microalgae biorefinery : High value products perspectives. / Chew, Kit Wayne; Yap, Jing Ying; Show, Pau Loke; Suan, Ng Hui; Juan, Joon Ching; Ling, Tau Chuan; Lee, Duu Jong; Chang, Jo Shu.

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