Integrated marine microalgae biorefineries for improved bioactive compounds: A review

Pengfei Cheng, Yantao Li, Chun Wang, Jiameng Guo, Chengxu Zhou, Renchuan Zhang, Yiwei Ma, Xiaochen Ma, Lu Wang, Yanling Cheng, Xiaojun Yan, Roger Ruan

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Marine microalgae offer a promising feedstock for biofuels and other valuable compounds for biorefining and carry immense potential to contribute to a clean energy and environment future. However, it is currently not economically feasible to use marine algae to produce biofuels, and the potential bioactive chemicals account for only a small market share. The production of algal biomass with multiple valuable chemicals is closely related to the algal species, cultivation conditions, culture systems, and production modes. Thus, higher requirements for screening of dominant algal strains, developing integrated technologies with the optimum culture conditions, efficient cultivation systems, and production modes to exploit algal biomass for biorefinery applications, are all needed. This review summarizes the screening of dominant microalgae, discusses the environmental conditions that may affect the growth, as well as the culture systems and production modes, and further emphasizes the valorization options of the algal biomass, which should help to offer a sustainable approach to run a profitable marine algae production system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number152895
JournalScience of the Total Environment
StatePublished - Apr 15 2022

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Funding Information:
This research was supported in part by grants from the National Key Research and Development Program of China ( 2018YFA0903003 , 2018YFD0901504 ), the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 32170369 ), the Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province ( LY20D060003 ), the Open Fund of Key Laboratory of Experimental Marine Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences ( KF2019NO3 ), the State Key Laboratory of Marine Resource Utilization in South China Sea (Hainan University) ( MRUKF2021003 ), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Provincial Universities ( SJLY2020007 ), the Ningbo Science and Technology Research Projects of China ( 2019B10006 , 2019C10023 ), the Ningbo Municipal Science and Technology Project ( 2019C10071 ), University of Minnesota MnDrive Environment Demonstration and Center for Biorefining .

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  • Bioactive compounds
  • Biofuels
  • Biorefinery
  • Marine microalgae
  • Sustainable application

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  • Journal Article
  • Review


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