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Biodiesel from microalgae beats bioethanol

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Biodiesel from microalgae beats bioethanol

Renewable biofuels are needed to displace petroleum-derived transport fuels, which contribute to global warming and are of limited availability. Biodiesel and bioethanol are the two potential renewable fuels that have attracted the most attention. As demonstrated here, biodiesel and bioethanol produced from agricultural crops using existing methods cannot sustainably replace fossil-based transport fuels, but there is an alternative. Biodiesel from microalgae seems to be the only renewable biofuel that has the potential to completely displace petroleum-derived transport fuels without adversely affecting supply of food and other crop products. Most productive oil crops, such as oil palm, do not come close to microalgae in being able to sustainably provide the necessary amounts of biodiesel. Similarly, bioethanol from sugarcane is no match for microalgal biodiesel.

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Biodiesel from microalgae beats bioethanol
Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: - Volume 26, Issue 3, March 2008, Pages 126–131
Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering