Biodiesel from Microalgae: A Renewable Energy Source

Conk Dalay, Meltem; Gunes, S. Seda
November 2014
Middle East Journal of Scientific Research;2014, Vol. 21 Issue 12, p2308
Academic Journal
Due to fact that fossil fuels are consumable and limited, renewable energy sources have growing importance in recent years. Biodiesel is a renewable diesel fuel that consists of simple alkaly esters of fatty acids. This fuel technology is based on the use of agricultural, animal or waste oils. Also researches are focused on to develop new technologies and alternative resources. All microalgae species produce lipid, however some species can contain up to 75% of their dry weight. Biodiesel production by using microalgae is an alternative process in contrast to other procedures not only being degradable and non-toxic but also as a solution to global warming via reducing emission gases. The aim of this study is making feasibility about biodiesel production to supply energy requirement by using microalgae. In this paper, the main advantages of microalgae for biodiesel production were described in comparison with other biodiesel sources.


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