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Biomass and Biofuels by Thallada Bhaskar, Shibu Jose

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Chapter 11

Algal Biorefinery

S. Venkata Mohan, M. V. Rohit, Rashmi Chandra, and Kannaiah R. Goud

Bioengineering and Environmental Centre, CSIR–Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India

11.1 Introduction

The direct conversion of solar energy into green fuels using photosynthesis-enabled microorganisms is one of the alternatives to produce renewable energy. Employing these organisms, especially microalgae, for biofuel generation can alternate the ongoing conflict between the use of land for food or fuel production (Machado and Atsumi 2012). Considering the diversity and potential of microalgae, they could be very important in a future mix of third-generation biofuel technologies. Algal biofuels have become a focal point in academic ...

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