The production of biomethane from the anaerobic digestion of microalgae

Tom Bishop, Pattanathu K.S.M. Rahman*

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The current research addressing the use of microalgal biomass as a substrate for the generation of biogas was reviewed. It was recog nised to have potential to partially replace fast depleting and envi ronmentally harmful fossil fuels due to its ease of cultivation, ability to fix CO2 during growth, low lignin content, and high growth rates. However, the technology is not currently feasible due to prohibitively high water consumption, inhibition phenomena during digestion, and seasonal variation in chemical composition. If the technology is to be developed to commercial scale, then these factors must be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels
Subtitle of host publicationProduction Technologies for Biofuels
EditorsLalit Kumar Singh, Gaurav Chaudhary
PublisherScrivener Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781119117551
ISBN (Print)9781119117520
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2017


  • Anaerobic
  • Biogas
  • Biomethane
  • Bioscrubbing
  • Biotrickling
  • Digestion
  • HS
  • Microalgae
  • Pre-treatment
  • Purification


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