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Developments in algal processing

Code: 9781801462631
Schonna R. Manning and Reuben D. Gol, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Chapter synopsis: Macroalgae and microalgae, including cyanobacteria, are primarily photosynthetic organisms grown for the production of renewable biomass for foods, feedstocks, and high-value specialty chemicals. While there are differences in cultivating and harvesting macro- and microalgae due to scale, many of the same downstream techniques can be used for processing algal biomass. This chapter will outline various developments in processing technologies used for the treatment of algal biomass with discussion of scalability, cost, time, and efficacy. Topics will cover methods for harvesting and dewatering algae, drying algal biomass, biomass disruption, and nutrient recovery, including case studies with lessons learned. The final section presents biomass applications and product considerations. While there is no universally-adopted approach for processing algal biomass, these studies provide the foundation for making informed decisions, considering the unique properties of the algae and the integrity of the desired end products.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2021.0091.09
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Harvesting and dewatering 3 Drying algal biomass 4 Biomass disruption 5 Nutrient recovery 6 Product considerations 7 Where to look for further information 8 References

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