Logistic analysis of algae cultivation

Slegers PM, Leduc S, Wijffels RH, van Straten G, & von Boxtel AJB (2015). Logistic analysis of algae cultivation. Bioresource Technology 179: 314-322. DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2014.12.033.

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Abstract

Energy requirements for resource transport of algae cultivation are unknown. This work describes the quantitative analysis of energy requirements for water and CO2 transport. Algae cultivation models were combined with the quantitative logistic decision model 'BeWhere' for the regions Benelux (Northwest Europe), southern France and Sahara. For photobioreactors, the energy consumed for transport of water and CO2 turns out to be a small percentage of the energy contained in the algae biomass (0.1-3.6%). For raceway ponds the share for transport is higher (0.7-38.5%). The energy consumption for transport is the lowest in the Benelux due to good availability of both water and CO2. Analysing transport logistics is still important, despite the low energy consumption for transport. The results demonstrate that resource requirements, resource distribution and availability and transport networks have a profound effect on the location choices for algae cultivation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Quantitative analysis; Energy consumption; Transport; Resources
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: Bioresource Technology; 179:314-322 (March 2015) (Published online 17 December 2014)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 11:14
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11530

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