Comprehensive Oilgae Report

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Algae-based Wastewater Treatment

Compiled by a diverse team of experts, with experience in scientific and industrial fields, the Comprehensive Report for Wastewater Treatment Using Algae is the first report that provides in-depth analysis and insights on this important field. It uses innumerable data and information from a wide variety of expert sources and market studies, and distills these inputs and data into intelligence and a roadmap that you can use. More ››

Comprehensive Guide for Algae-based Carbon Capture

A Comprehensive Guide for Entrepreneurs and Businesses Who Wish to get a Basic Understanding of the Business Opportunities and Industry Dynamics of the Algae-based CO2. More ››


Comprehensive Report on Attractive Algae Product Opportunities

This is for entrepreneurs and businesses who wish to get a basic understanding of the algae fuel business and industrThe report provides an overview of the wide range of non-fuel applications of algae – both current and future prospects. It will provide entrepreneurs with an idea of how to derive more benefits from their algal energy ventures. The report provides detailed case studies, success stories and factoids of companies that have been involved in the algae products venture. More ››

Comprehensive Castor Oil Report

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Algae - Food and Feed

Edible Sea-weeds 

Hydrocolloids

Animal and Fish Feed

Algae-Useful Substances

Pigments

PUFAs

Vitamins

Anti-oxidants


Algae for Pollution Control

Other Novel Applications

About Algae

The word algae represent a large group of different organisms from different phylogenetic groups, representing many taxonomic divisions. In general algae can be referred to as plant-like organisms that are usually photosynthetic and aquatic, but do not have true roots, stems, leaves, vascular tissue and have simple reproductive structures. They are distributed worldwide in the sea, in freshwater and in wastewater. Most are microscopic, but some are quite large, e.g. some marine seaweeds that can exceed 50 m in length.       

The unicellular forms are known as microalgae where as the multicellular forms comprise macroalgae.

       

The unicellular forms are known as microalgae where as the multicellular forms comprise macroalgae.

       
    Chlorella spp
Chlorella spp
       

Microalgae comprise a vast group of photosynthetic, heterotrophic organisms which have an extraordinary potential for cultivation as energy crops. They can be cultivated under difficult agro-climatic conditions and are able to produce a wide range of commercially interesting byproducts such as fats, oils, sugars and functional bioactive compounds.

       
Ulva lacuta
Ulva lacuta

Seaweed is a loose colloquial term encompassing macroscopic, multicellular, benthic marine algae. The term includes some members of the red, brown and green algae. They are photosynthetic, like plants, and "simple" because they lack the many distinct organs found in land plants. For that reason they are currently excluded from being considered plants.   

       

The algae  have chlorophyll and can manufacture their own food through the process of photosynthesis. Almost all the algae are eukaryotes and conduct photosynthesis within membrane bound structure called chloroplasts. Cyanobacteria are organisms traditionally included among the algae, but they have a prokaryotic cell structure.

Algae are an extremely important species. For one, they produce more oxygen than all the plants in the world, put together! For another, they form an important food source for many animals such as little shrimps and huge whales. Thus, they are at the bottom of the food chain with many living things depending upon them.

With the recent research and interest into using algae for producing Biodiesel they have the potential to become even more important.

Algae - A source of biofuel

Algae as a source of Biofuel posses certain advantages.

Algae produce oil, and because of their growth rate and yields, they could produce a lot more than other energy crops. Some estimates suggest that microalgae are capable of producing up to 15,000 gallons of oil per Hectare a year. This could be converted into fuels, chemicals and more.

Microalgae, specifically, possess several attractive characteristics in the context of energy and biofuels:

  1. They provide much higher yields of biomass and fuels, 10-100 times higher than comparable energy crops.
  2. They can be grown under conditions which are unsuitable for conventional crop production.
  3. Microalgae are capable of fixing CO2 in the atmosphere, thus facilitating the reduction of increasing atmospheric CO2 levels, which are now considered a global problem.
  4. Algae biofuel is non-toxic, contains no sulfur, and is highly biodegradable.
To know more about Algae, buy our Comprehensive Oilgae report with its recent updated version. List of contents under this topic include
  1. Energy from Algae
  2. Algae Strain selection
  3. Algae Cultivation
  4. Photobioreactors
  5. Harvesting
  6. Algae grown in Open pond, Closed pond and Photobioreactor
  7. Algae grown in Sewage and Wastewater
  8. Algae grown in Desert
  9. Algae grown in Marine and Sea water
  10. Algae grown next to CO2 Emitting industries
  11. Non-Fuel applications of Algae
  12. Biodiesel from Algae
  13. Hydrogen from Algae
  14. Methane from Algae
  15. Ethanol from Algae
  16. Algae meal
  17. Cost of making Oil from Algae
  18. Companies, Universities dealing with Algae Fuel Research
  19. Future trends

Please see the following pages to know more about the basics of algae:

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