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Microalgae Production from Power Plant Fuel Gas

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Microalgae Production from Power Plant Flue Gas: Environmental Implications on a Life Cycle Basis

Creator/Author Kadam, K. L., Publication Date 2001 Jun 22, OSTI Identifier OSTI ID: 783405, Report Number(s) NREL/TP-510-29417, DOE Contract Number AC36-99GO10337
Other Number(s) TRN: AH200128%%152, Resource Type Technical Report, Resource Relation PBD: 22 Jun 2001, Research Org National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (US).
Sponsoring Org US Department of Energy (US)
Subject 30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES ; CARBON DIOXIDE; CARBON MONOXIDE; COCOMBUSTION; DECISION MAKING; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FLUE GAS; LIFE CYCLE; POWER PLANTS; PRODUCTION
Related Subject MICROALGAE; CARBON DIOXIDE; POWER GENERATION; COFIRING; LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

Abstract

Power-plant flue gas can serve as a source of CO{sub 2} for microalgae cultivation, and the algae can be cofired with coal. This life cycle assessment (LCA) compared the environmental impacts of electricity production via coal firing versus coal/algae cofiring. The LCA results demonstrated lower net values for the algae cofiring scenario for the following using the direct injection process (in which the flue gas is directly transported to the algae ponds): SOx, NOx, particulates, carbon dioxide, methane, and fossil energy consumption. Carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons emissions were statistically unchanged. Lower values for the algae cofiring scenario, when compared to the burning scenario, were observed for greenhouse potential and air acidification potential. However, impact assessment for depletion of natural resources and eutrophication potential showed much higher values. This LCA gives us an overall picture of impacts across different environmental boundaries, and hence, can help in the decision-making process for implementation of the algae scenario.

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