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Energies 2013, 6(11), 5921-5939; doi:10.3390/en6115921

Review of Microalgae Harvesting via Co-Pelletization with Filamentous Fungus

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1390 Eckles Ave., MN 55108, USA
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Received: 9 October 2013 / Revised: 4 November 2013 / Accepted: 5 November 2013 / Published: 12 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Algae Fuel 2013)
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Abstract

Cultivation of microalgae to utilize CO2 and nutrients in the wastewater to generate biofuel products is a promising research objective. However, the process faces tremendous technical difficulties, especially the harvest of microalgae cells, an economically challenging step. Several researchers recently reported co-culturing of filamentous fungi with microalgae so that microalgae cells can be co-pelletized in order to facilitate the cell harvest. This algae pelletization via the filamentous fungi represents an innovative approach to address both the cost and sustainability issues in algae biofuel production and also has potential with direct commercial applications. This paper reviews the current research status in this area and some possible drawbacks of this method in order to provide some possible directions for the future research.
Keywords: microalgae; fungal pelletization; cell harvest; mixed culture microalgae; fungal pelletization; cell harvest; mixed culture
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Gultom, S.O.; Hu, B. Review of Microalgae Harvesting via Co-Pelletization with Filamentous Fungus. Energies 2013, 6, 5921-5939.

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