This comprehensive book details the most recent advances in the microalgae biological sciences and engineering technologies for biomass and biofuel production in order to meet the ongoing need for new and affordable sources of food, chemicals and energy for future generations. The chapters explore new microalgae cultivation techniques, including solid (biofilm) systems, and heterotrophic production methods, while also critically investigating topics such as combining wastewater as a source of nutrients, the effect of CO2 on growth, and converting biomass to methane through anaerobic digestion. The book highlights innovative bioproduct optimization and molecular genetic techniques, applications of genomics and metabolomics, and the genetic engineering of microalgae strains targeting biocrude production. The latest developments in microalgae harvesting and dewatering technologies, which combine biomass production with electricity generation, are presented, along with detailed techno-economic modeling. This extensive volume was written by respected experts in their fields and is intended for a wide audience of researchers and engineers.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 373
Weight: 6978 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
Edition: 2015 ed.
"This book trully presents some of the most promising existing microalgal biomass growth technologies and summarizes some of the novel methodologies for sustainable and commercial microalgae production. ... each chapter is written in a very clear and concise way, having also a selective but rich bibliography. I am positively sure ... that the editors' sentence `We trust the reader will enjoy the book as much as we enjoyed writing and editing it.' is TRUE." (Prof. Ioan I. Ardelean, Bulletin of Micro and Nanoelectrotechnologies, Vol. 7 (3-4), 2015)