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Title: The potential of flocculation to harvest microalgae for biofuel production
Authors: Vandamme, Dries
Fraeye, Ilse
Muylaert, Koenraad
Foubert, Imogen #
Issue Date: 2012
Host Document: Proceedings 17th Symposium on biological applied biological sciences vol:77 issue:1 pages:67-71
Series Title: Communications in Applied Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences
Conference: Symposium on applied biological sciences edition:17 location:Leuven, Belgium date:10 February 2012
Abstract: Microalgae are unicellular aquatic organisms that receive much interest as a potential source of biofuels or bulk protein. To realize this, a significant reduction of production cost is needed and therefore cost-efficient harvesting methods are required. Our goal is to develop and evaluate different types of flocculation to recover microalgal biomass. We already achieved promising results based on different flocculation techniques both for freshwater (C. vulgaris, S. obliquus) and marine species (P.tricornutum, N. salina): pH induced, chemical (cationic starch) and electro-flocculation. In this presentation, the occurring mechanism and the effect of growth phase and salinity will be explained. Practical implications such as cost, medium recycling and contamination risks will be discussed.
ISSN: 1379-1176
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AC
Appears in Collections:Microbial and Molecular Systems, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
Biology, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
# (joint) last author

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