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Membrane technology in microalgae cultivation and harvesting: A review

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Title
Membrane technology in microalgae cultivation and harvesting: A review
Abstract

Membrane processes have long been applied in different stages of microalgae cultivation and processing. These processes include microfiltration, ultrafiltration, dialysis, forward osmosis, membrane contactors and membrane spargers. They are implemented in many combinations, both as a standalone and as a coupled system (in membrane biomass retention photobioreactors (BR-MPBRs) or membrane carbonation photobioreactors (C-MPBRs). To provide sufficient background on these applications, an overview of membrane materials and membrane processes of interest in microalgae cultivation and processing is provided in this work first. Afterwards, discussion about specific aspects of membrane applications in microbial cultivation and harvesting is provided, including membrane fouling. Many of the membrane processes were shown to be promising options in microalgae cultivation. Yet, significant process optimizations are still required when they are applied to enable microalgae biomass bulk production to become competitive as a raw material for biofuel production. Recent developments of the coupled systems (BR-MPBR and C-MPBR) bring significant promises to improve the volumetric productivity of a cultivation system and the efficiency of inorganic carbon capture, respectively.

Keywords
Microalgae harvesting; Membrane technology; Fouling; Membrane photobioreactor; Microalgae cultivation; Membrane biomass retention bioreactor; Membrane carbonation bioreactor; Review
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Biotechnology Advances - Volume 32, Issue 7, 15 November 2014, Pages 1283–1300
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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