|Design analysis of integrated microalgae biorefineries
| Psycha, M., Pyrgakis, K., Harvey, P.J., Ben-Amotz, A., Cowan, A.K., Kokossis, A.C.
|Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, vol.34, p.591-596
|Biorefinery; Glycerol; Microalgae; Thermally coupled distillation; β-carotene
|The study discusses the development of an integrated process that addresses the coproduction of glycerol, β-carotene and proteins from microalgae biomass using a multitude of solvents and scoping to reduce energy consumption. An evolutionary approach is adopted in order to establish feasible and sustainable flowsheeting. Process integration is applied to target efficiency scoping reviewing thermal integration and the use of alternative separation schemes. The analysis reviews economic benefits as well as the impact of process integration in securing the viability of the incentive. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
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