Two prior MCubed (1.0) projects considered the development of polycultures of algae to enhance the efficiency and stability of algal biofuel yield beyond what a monoculture could achieve, and considered hydrothermal upgrading of a crude algal bio-oil and sustainability of algal biofuel processing and production pathways. In this project, we propose to extend that past work to consider the full cycle from algae communities, through biocrude processing to combustion performance of transportation fuels based on algae production. Consideration of the downstream requirements and needs for algal transportation fuels, will inform and guide the research on algae ecology, algae processing and algal biocrude upgrading. This broader perspective will allow the team to shape algal fuel development process to support high efficiency of production and use, as well as, to minimize adverse environmental impacts across the entire life cycle for these fuels.
Presented at the Tailor Made Fuels From Biomass, Annual Conference, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
$2,500,000 grant from the US Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office.
Field studies of algal communities and their productivity
Use of renewable diesel, which can be produced from algal feedstocks generated in this research, in advanced diesel combustion processes
Doctoral thesis by Chenxi Sun, defended in summer 2017, on the subject of the use of renewable diesel, which can be produced from algal feedstocks generated in this research, in advanced diesel combustion processes.