|Title||Microalgae: from Bio-based Curiosity Towards a Bulk Feedstock|
|Author(s)||Lam, G.P. 't; Vermuë, M.H.; Janssen, M.; Barbosa, M.J.; Wijffels, R.H.; Eppink, M.H.M.; Berg, C. van den|
|Source||In: Intensification of Biobased Processes / Górak, Andrzej, Stankiewicz, Andrzej, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC Green Chemistry ) - ISBN 9781782628552 - p. 289 - 302.|
|Publication type||Peer reviewed book chapter|
This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the recent developments in microalgae cultivation and downstream processing with a focus on microalgae biorefinery. Microalgae are promising feedstocks for the production of a variety of bulk compounds in the near future. Current process designs typically consist of microalgae cultivation, harvesting, cell disruption and finally a product extraction/fractionation step. For every unit operation, the latest insights are discussed. From this overview, the current state-of-development and future directions towards large scale bulk-chemical production from microalgae are discussed.