Microalgae have been suggested as one of the most promising feedstock for the production of bioenergy and biofuels, including biodiesel and aviation fuels, because of the high oil content of selected species. In the context of biofuel production from microalgae, anaerobic digestion of microalgal biomass residues after oil extraction has the potential to make the process more sustainable and increase the energy efficiency. The main goal of this study was to assess microalgae residues as substrates for anaerobic digestion and investigate their potential for biomethane production. Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP) tests were carried out on a microalgal species, Nannochloropsis gaditana, selected for its high oil content and fast growth rate. The methane potentials observed for the microalgae residue after lipid extraction were higher than those recorded for the raw microalgae samples. Co-digestion with cellulose did not clearly enhance the anaerobic digestion performances.

Anaerobic digestion and Co-digestion of oleaginous Microalgae residues for biogas production

BARONTINI, FEDERICA;BIAGINI, ENRICO;TOGNOTTI, LEONARDO;NICOLELLA, CRISTIANO
2016-01-01

Abstract

Microalgae have been suggested as one of the most promising feedstock for the production of bioenergy and biofuels, including biodiesel and aviation fuels, because of the high oil content of selected species. In the context of biofuel production from microalgae, anaerobic digestion of microalgal biomass residues after oil extraction has the potential to make the process more sustainable and increase the energy efficiency. The main goal of this study was to assess microalgae residues as substrates for anaerobic digestion and investigate their potential for biomethane production. Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP) tests were carried out on a microalgal species, Nannochloropsis gaditana, selected for its high oil content and fast growth rate. The methane potentials observed for the microalgae residue after lipid extraction were higher than those recorded for the raw microalgae samples. Co-digestion with cellulose did not clearly enhance the anaerobic digestion performances.
Barontini, Federica; Biagini, Enrico; Dragoni, Federico; Corneli, Elisa; Ragaglini, Giorgio; Bonari, Enrico; Tognotti, Leonardo; Nicolella, Cristiano
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