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Record number 486892
Title "Logistic analysis of algae cultivation"
Author(s) Slegers, P.M.; Leduc, S.; Wijffels, R.H.; Straten, G. van; Boxtel, A.J.B. van
Source Bioresource Technology 179 (2015). - ISSN 0960-8524 - p. 314 - 322.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2014.12.033
Department(s) VLAG
Biomass Refinery and Process Dynamics
Biobased Chemistry and Technology
Bioprocess Engineering
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) biofuel production - co2 capture - waste-water - microalgae - scale - availability - economics - biomass - biogas
Abstract Energy requirements for resource transport of algae cultivation are unknown. This work describes the quantitative analysis of energy requirements for water and CO2 transport. Algae cultivation models were combined with the quantitative logistic decision model ‘BeWhere’ for the regions Benelux (Northwest Europe), southern France and Sahara. For photobioreactors, the energy consumed for transport of water and CO2 turns out to be a small percentage of the energy contained in the algae biomass (0.1–3.6%). For raceway ponds the share for transport is higher (0.7–38.5%). The energy consumption for transport is the lowest in the Benelux due to good availability of both water and CO2. Analysing transport logistics is still important, despite the low energy consumption for transport. The results demonstrate that resource requirements, resource distribution and availability and transport networks have a profound effect on the location choices for algae cultivation.
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