Engineering system modeling for sustainability assessment
The increase in global greenhouse gas emissions has driven interest in the development of renewable energy sources. The commercial development of emerging renewable technologies like algal biofuels requires the identification of an economically viable production pathway. This study examined the sustainability of generating renewable diesel via hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algal biomass from an attached growth architecture. Pilot-scale growth studies and laboratory-scale HTL experiments validated an engineering system model, which facilitated analysis of economic feasibility and environmental ...
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