A review of thermochemical conversion of microalgae

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Title: A review of thermochemical conversion of microalgae
Authors: Marcilla, Antonio | Catalá Esteve, Lucía | García Quesada, Juan Carlos | Valdés Barceló, Francisco Javier | Hernández Férez, María del Remedio
Research Group/s: Procesado y Pirólisis de Polímeros
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería Química | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Ingeniería de los Procesos Químicos
Keywords: Microalgae | Pyrolysis | Hydrothermal liquefaction | Thermogravimetric analysis | Pyroprobe | Kinetic analysis
Knowledge Area: Ingeniería Química
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2013, 27: 11-19. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2013.06.032
Abstract: Microalgae are very effective microorganisms for CO2 capturing and a promising source of lipids for biodiesel as well as other interesting compounds. Many different ways of exploitation of these organisms are being tested. This work presents a review of the state of the art of the research and development of thermochemical conversion of microalgae with a special focus on pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction. Aspects related to the type of reactors, the products obtained and the analytical applications are covered. The actual reaction scheme of pyrolysis of microalgae is extremely complex because of the formation of over hundreds of intermediate products. Various kinetic models reported in the literature and in a previous study with experimental validations are presented in this review to provide the current status of the study.
Sponsor: The Authors wish to thank Repsol YPF for the financial support that provided (Project reference: Ingenio 2010-CDTI-Sost CO2-CEN-2008–1027) and the Generalitat Valenciana by the fellowship of one of the authors (Program VALI+D).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/40350
ISSN: 1364-0321 (Print) | 1879-0690 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2013.06.032
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2013.06.032
Appears in Collections:INV - GTP3 - Artículos de Investigación sobre Pirólisis Catalítica de Polímeros

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