Energies 2013, 6(6), 2759-2772; doi:10.3390/en6062759
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Isolation and Characterization of a Marine Microalga for Biofuel Production with Astaxanthin as a Co-Product

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Received: 6 February 2013; in revised form: 17 May 2013 / Accepted: 18 May 2013 / Published: 29 May 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Algae Fuel 2013)
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Abstract: Microalgae have been considered as a promising biomass for biofuel production, but freshwater resource consumption during the scaled-up cultivation are still a challenge. Obtaining robust marine strains capable of producing triacylglycerols and high value-added metabolites are critical for overcoming the limitations of water resources and economical feasibility. In this study, a marine microalga with lipid and astaxanthin accumulation capability was isolated from Bohai Bay, China. The alga was named as Coelastrum sp. HA-1 based on its morphological and molecular identification. The major characteristics of HA-1 and the effects of nitrogen on its lipid and astaxanthin accumulations were investigated. Results indicated that the highest biomass, lipid and astaxanthin yields achieved were 50.9 g m−2 day−1, 18.0 g m−2 day−1 and 168.9 mg m−2 day−1, respectively, after cultivation for 24 days. The fatty acids of HA-1, identified in their majority as oleic acid (56.6%) and palmitic acid (25.9%), are desirable biofuel feedstocks. In addition, this alga can be harvested with simple sedimentation, achieving 98.2% removal efficiency after settling for 24 h. These results suggest that Coelastrum sp. HA-1 has several desirable key features that make it a potential candidate for biofuel production.
Keywords: astaxanthin; biofuel; Coelastrum sp. HA-1; marine microalgae; microalgae removal efficiency
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Liu, Z.; Liu, C.; Hou, Y.; Chen, S.; Xiao, D.; Zhang, J.; Chen, F. Isolation and Characterization of a Marine Microalga for Biofuel Production with Astaxanthin as a Co-Product. Energies 2013, 6, 2759-2772.

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Liu Z, Liu C, Hou Y, Chen S, Xiao D, Zhang J, Chen F. Isolation and Characterization of a Marine Microalga for Biofuel Production with Astaxanthin as a Co-Product. Energies. 2013; 6(6):2759-2772.

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Liu, Zhiyong; Liu, Chenfeng; Hou, Yuyong; Chen, Shulin; Xiao, Dongguang; Zhang, Juankun; Chen, Fangjian. 2013. "Isolation and Characterization of a Marine Microalga for Biofuel Production with Astaxanthin as a Co-Product." Energies 6, no. 6: 2759-2772.

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