Title: Extraction of carotenoids from Chlorella vulgaris using green solvents and syngas production from residual biomass
Authors : Damergi, Eya
Schwitzguébel, Jean-Paul
Refardt, Dominik
Sharma, Shivom
Holliger, Christof
Ludwig, Christian
Published in : Algal Research
Volume(Issue) : 25
Pages : 488
Pages to: 495
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Microalgae; Extraction; Energy; Carotenoids
Subject (DDC) : 660: Chemical engineering
Abstract: A combined process for carotenoids extraction and efficient bioenergy recovery from the wet microalgae biomass is proposed. High added-value products could thus be extracted prior a hydrothermal gasification of the algal biomass into synthetic natural gas. The economic sustainability of biofuel production from algal biomass as well as the large energy demands of microalgae cultivation and harvesting is addressed in this paper. Two green solvents, ethanol and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (MTHF), were used to achieve the maximum extractability of selected carotenoids. Pure MTHF was tested for the first time as an alternative renewable solvent for carotenoid extraction from wet biomass and promising results were obtained (30 min at 110 °C), with 45% of total carotenoids being extracted. The energy content of the residual biomass corresponds to a High Heating Value (HHV) of 18.1 MJ/kg. With a 1:1 mixture of both MTHF and ethanol, more carotenoids were extracted from wet biomass (66%) and the remaining HHV of the residual biomass was 15.7 MJ/kg. The perspectives of combined carotenoid extraction and energy recovery for a better microalgae valorization are discussed.
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.algal.2017.05.003
ISSN: 2211-9264
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/1470
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