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CICan Energy Symposium - Medicine Hat November 2015

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P2P’s microalgae technologies (Photobioreactor design, nutrient formulation and possibly water recycling) will make production of microalgae biofuels coupled with carbon capture more sustainable in terms of productivity and cost.

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CICan Energy Symposium - Medicine Hat November 2015

  1. 1. Advancing sustainable production of microalgal biofuels Abigail Adebusuyi, PhD
  2. 2. Outline  Alternative energy  Why microalgae biofuels  Challenges to sustainable production of microalgal biofuels  Pollutants-to-Products microalgae research 2
  3. 3. Alternative energy  Non-fossil energy sources that have no negative effect on the environment  Mostly renewable 3 www.e-education.psu.edu
  4. 4. Biofuels  Fuel obtained directly or indirectly from biological processes  Renewable if from plants or microalgae biomass obtained using natural resources e.g. sunlight  Additional benefit of carbon capture 4 beaconenergynews.ca
  5. 5. Why microalgae biofuels? 5 www.bioenergyconsult.com Sun CO2 source precisionphysique.com www.superorganicfoods.com Biofuels Biodiesel Ethanol Gasoline Kerosene Other products O2
  6. 6. Challenges to sustainable production of microalgal biofuels  No one has been able to produce enough microalgae biomass using sunlight at low-cost  Inefficient sunlight energy conversion  Low productivity  High capital cost  Cost of biofuels is high  Estimated biodiesel cost is $1.6 - >$75/L 6 silentcenter.deviantart.com news.thomasnet.com
  7. 7. Pollutants-to-Products (P2P) Microalgae project  Development of innovative technologies to increase microalgae biomass productivity at low-cost 7
  8. 8. P2P’s Sun-tracking Photo-bioreactor (PBR)  Patent-pending technology “Active Spatial Sunlight DilutionTM” (PCT/CA2014/050450)  Increased sunlight utilization efficiency  Increased biomass productivity 8 P2P’s Algi-ALPHA PBR
  9. 9. Nutrient medium formulation 9 P2P’s Nutrient media Common C. vulgaris nutrient media
  10. 10. Current work  Development of a pilot-scale PBR based on P2P’s patent- pending technology  Water and nutrient recycling  Efficient microalgae harvester  Open to collaborations and new partnerships to commercialize P2P’s technologies 10
  11. 11. Summary 11 Sun CO2 source www.superorganicfoods.com Biofuels Biodiesel Ethanol Gasoline Kerosene Other products Animal feeds Health supplements Cosmetics PharmaceuticalsRecycle nutrients & water O2
  12. 12. Acknowledgements 12

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