Author(s): Stephens E, Ross IL, Hankamer B
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Abstract Herein we examine the potential role that microalgae might play in the approaching challenges of energy and fuel security, and food and water supply. Microalgal production systems remain the subject of controversy however, generally consisting of arguments about the economic and environment sustainability of these systems. We discuss these aspects and draw some parallels with other systems to highlight real advantages and obstacles to expanding the modern microalgal industry. Emerging alternative production models and the relatively early developmental state of the microalgal biofuels industry provide room for extensive innovation that has the potential to bring the technology to a highly productive maturity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Curr Opin Chem Biol
and referenced in Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology