Hydrothermal upgrading of algae paste in a continuous flow reactor.

  title={Hydrothermal upgrading of algae paste in a continuous flow reactor.},
  author={Bhavish Patel and Klaus Hellgardt},
  journal={Bioresource technology},
This investigation demonstrates the utility of a novel laboratory scale continuous plug flow reactor for fast Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of microalgae in a quartz lined chamber. Reactions were carried out between 300 and 380 °C and residence times of 0.5-4 min. Cyclohexane was used as a co-solvent to enhance extraction and prevent char formation. Highest biocrude yield of 38 wt.% was achieved at 380 °C and 30 s as well as Water Soluble Fraction containing up to 60 wt.% matter recovered… CONTINUE READING