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Future prospects of microalgal biofuel production systems

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  • Evan Stephens

    (University of Queensland)

  • Ian Ross

    (University of Queensland)

  • Jan H. Mussgnug

    (University of Bielefeld)

  • Liam Wagner

    () (Department of Economics, University of Queensland)

  • Michael A. Borowitzka

    (Murdoch University)

  • Clemens Posten

    (University of Karlsruhe)

  • Olaf Kruse

    (University of Bielefeld)

  • Ben Hankamer

    (University of Bielefeld)

Abstract

Climate change mitigation, economic growth and stability, and the ongoing depletion of oil reserves are all major drivers for the development of economically rational, renewable energy technology platforms. Microalgae have re-emerged as a popular feedstock for the production of biofuels and other more valuable products. Even though integrated microalgal production systems have some clear advantages and present a promising alternative to highly controversial first generation biofuel systems, the associated hype has often exceeded the boundaries of reality. With a growing number of recent analyses demonstrating that despite the hype, these systems are conceptually sound and potentially sustainable given the available inputs, we review the research areas that are key to attaining economic reality and the future development of the industry.

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  • Evan Stephens & Ian Ross & Jan H. Mussgnug & Liam Wagner & Michael A. Borowitzka & Clemens Posten & Olaf Kruse & Ben Hankamer, 2010. "Future prospects of microalgal biofuel production systems," Energy Economics and Management Group Working Papers 7-2010, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Handle: RePEc:qld:uqeemg:7-2010
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    Keywords

    biofuels; algal biofuels; alternative energy;

    JEL classification:

    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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