Current status and prospects of biodiesel production from microalgae

Xiaodan Wu, Rongsheng Ruan, Zhenyi Du, Yuhuan Liu

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Microalgae represent a sustainable energy source because of their high biomass productivity and ability to remove air and water born pollutants. This paper reviews the current status of production and conversion of microalgae, including the advantages of microalgae biodiesel, high density cultivation of microalgae, high-lipid content microalgae selection and metabolic control, and innovative harvesting and processing technologies. The key barriers to commercial production of microalgae biodiesel and future perspective of the technologies are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2667-2682
Number of pages16
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Advanced technology
  • Biodiesel
  • High density
  • High lipid content
  • Microalgae
  • Processing
  • Sustainability

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