Recent Trends of Using Alternative Nutrient Sources for Microalgae Cultivation as a Feedstock of Biodiesel Production

바이오디젤 생산원료로써 미세조류의 배양을 위한 대체 영양원 사용 기술

  • Dang, Nhat Minh (Department of Environmental Engineering and Energy, Myongji University) ;
  • Lee, Kisay (Department of Environmental Engineering and Energy, Myongji University)
  • Received : 2018.01.07
  • Accepted : 2018.01.23
  • Published : 2018.02.10


Microalgae is considered as one of environmentally sustainable and potential feedstocks to produce biodiesels. However, recent studies on life cycle assessments (LCA) of microalgal buidiesels have shown that energy requirement is not small to produce biodiesel from microalgae, especially during cultivation stage. The costs for carbon sources, nutrients like nitrogen or phosphorous, and water for cultivation can contribute up to 80% of the total medium costs. In the present article, recent trends on the utilization of several promising nutrient sources such as municipal wastewaters, organic fertilizers, combustion exhaust emissions and organic solid wastes were reviewed, and the potential strategies to be used as substitutes of artificial culture media, especially for the biodiesel production, were discussed.


Microalgae;biodiesel;cultivation;medium substitutes;nutrient sources


Grant : Development of Marine Microalgal Biofuel Production Technology

Supported by : Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of Korea


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