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A Microalgae-Based Biodiesel Refinery: Sustainability Concerns and Challenges
Zhu, L.1,2; Huo, S.3; Qin, L.4
2015
Source PublicationINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREEN ENERGY
Volume12Issue:6Pages:595-602
AbstractThe interest in using microalgae to produce biodiesel is rapidly increasing in an effort to search for renewable and alternative energy. In an attempt to support algal biodiesel industry, the exploration of sustainability concerns involved in biodiesel refinery is becoming more and more necessary and important. From a sustainability perspective, this paper addresses the environmental, economic, social, and cultural implications of microalgae-based biodiesel refinery. From an environmental standpoint, there are four main related concerns: first, less water is required and water used can be recycled greatly, but it might cause water and even groundwater pollution; second, although low-value lands can be used for construction, it might cause land use changes and soil erosion; third, infrastructure construction and eutrophication by water pollution will threaten on local biodiversity; finally, there are some disputes of energy input and greenhouse gases emissions. From an economic point of view, the main benefit lies in an increase of employment and incomes, while the main drawback is the overwhelming investments required due to high costs. Socially, it can improve energy security and create jobs, while, on the other hand, it might affect the health of local animals and people. From a cultural viewpoint, algal biodiesel concept is a new element, and it requires time for people to adapt. With effective use of measures in technologies and policies, the microalgae-derived biodiesel industry will commercialize at levels of sustainability.
SubtypeArticle
KeywordMicroalgae Biodiesel Extraction And Conversion Sustainability Impact
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences ; Technology
DOI10.1080/15435075.2013.867406
WOS Subject ExtendedThermodynamics ; Energy & Fuels
WOS KeywordLIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT ; PIGGERY WASTE-WATER ; CHLORELLA-ZOFINGIENSIS ; BIOFUELS ; ALGAE ; ETHANOL ; ENERGY ; OPTIMIZATION ; CONSERVATION ; BIODIVERSITY
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS SubjectThermodynamics ; Energy & Fuels
WOS IDWOS:000350997700005
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.giec.ac.cn/handle/344007/9096
Collection中国科学院广州能源研究所
Affiliation1.Vaasa Energy Inst, FI-65101 Vaasa, Finland
2.Cranfield Univ, Sch Energy Environm & Agrifood, Cranfield MK43 0AL, Beds, England
3.Jiangsu Univ, Sch Food & Biol Engn, Zhenjiang, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Guangzhou Inst Energy Convers, Key Lab Renewable Energy & Gas Hydrate, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Peoples R China
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Zhu, L.,Huo, S.,Qin, L.. A Microalgae-Based Biodiesel Refinery: Sustainability Concerns and Challenges[J]. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREEN ENERGY,2015,12(6):595-602.
APA Zhu, L.,Huo, S.,&Qin, L..(2015).A Microalgae-Based Biodiesel Refinery: Sustainability Concerns and Challenges.INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREEN ENERGY,12(6),595-602.
MLA Zhu, L.,et al."A Microalgae-Based Biodiesel Refinery: Sustainability Concerns and Challenges".INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREEN ENERGY 12.6(2015):595-602.
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