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A project to research biological and chemical aspects of microalgae to fuel approach
Date:3/6/2012

has been reached, scientists will work on developing new systems for oil extraction and its subsequent transformation into biodiesel, by using traditional chemical methods and enzymes immobilised on magnetic carriers. This target will be achieved without forgetting the fact that these processes need to be applicable on an industrial scale and respect the environment.

After oil extraction from microalgae, the remaining biomass fraction will be used to generate biogas, other renewable energy resource, through an anaerobic digestion process. For this purpose, this residual biomass goes through a decomposition process in an oxygen-free environment, producing methane and other gases.

Microalgae help to safeguard environment, not only as fuel producers of a renewable origin, but also by absorbing, during their growth, large amounts of CO2 coming from industrial gases which lead to global warming. In addition, biodiesel is biodegradable and does not contribute to the greenhouse effect, since CO2 released during its combustion is quickly absorbed by plants and trees, unlike diesel originated from petroleum.


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