Energy-efficient extraction of fuel and chemical feedstocks from algae

  title={Energy-efficient extraction of fuel and chemical feedstocks from algae},
  author={Rodrigo E. Teixeira},
  journal={Green Chemistry},
Microscopic algae occupies every photic niche on Earth and provides an efficient and inherently scalable sunlight energy capture and chemical storage mechanism. However, fuel production from algae remains outside economic viability due to limitations in biomass cultivation and feedstock extraction. In particular, extraction strategies require prohibitive energy inputs to breach the cell wall and separate lipids, while underutilizing polysaccharide- and protein-rich leftovers. Also due to focus… 
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