Special Issue "Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: microalgae biorefinery; microalgal-based biofuels; microalgal-based bioproducts; microalgal-derived materials; bioenergy strategy; climate technology policy
As the global climate change crisis becomes serious, the importance of climate technologies to reduce CO2 emissions is growing exponentially. Bioenergy, one of these aforementioned climate technologies, is a carbon-neutral energy source that can reduce reliance on fossil fuels in various fields such as fuels, electricity, heat, chemicals ,and products. Microalgae biomass is the promoting candidate for application to production of biofuels and bioproducts owing to the inherent properties of high growth rates, useful components, non-edible oil crop, carbon neutrality, easy environmental adaptability, and a wide applicability for end-products.
In this context, many studies have been performed on the development of cost-competitive microalgal-based biofuels and bioproducts. Notwithstanding the extensive efforts devoted to the commercialization of those, the related existing technologies still leave much to be desired. For instance, there are complicated and less mature downstream processes and lower cost competitiveness compared to other promising renewable or conventional alternatives. The aim of this Special Issue is therefore to discuss various approaches that contribute to increase technology maturity and cost competitiveness of algal biomass, biofuels, and bioproducts. The topics of interest for this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:
- Innovative microalgae biorefinery;
- Promising downstream processing of microalgal biomass;
- Conventional application fields of algal biomass (biofuels, biochemical, bioproducts);
- New emerging application fields (microalgal-derived materials (ex. electrode materials, catalysts));
- Strategic and policy support plan for algal-based bioenergy.
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- microalgae biorefinery
- microalgal-based biofuels
- microalgal-based bioproducts
- microalgal-derived materials
- bioenergy strategy