Life cycle algal biorefinery design

Jian Gong, Fengqi You*

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Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a trending methodology for evaluating environmental impacts associated with a product through its life cycle. This chapter presents the general model formulation for life cycle optimization, as well as systematic approaches to solve the resulting multi-objective mixed-integer nonlinear programming problems. We discuss the life cycle design of an algal biorefinery for the production of sustainable biofuels and profitable by-products. We review the existing articles for the simulation and optimization of the algal biorefinery processes. We show the importance of superstructure optimization, and introduce the technology alternatives that can be incorporated into an algal process superstructure. Subsequently, we show the optimization results of an algal biorefinery. We further summarize the challenges and possible directions for future life cycle algal biorefinery designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlternative Energy Sources and Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationProcess Design and Operation
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319287522
ISBN (Print)9783319287508
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy
  • General Engineering
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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