Project Date: 17 July 2016
Project Status: Closed
Research Organisation: Flinders University
Project Number: 8OS - 8085
The potential for wastewater grown microalgae to be a source of energy and feedstock was recognised following the oil crisis of the 1970's, however, the potential was never realised due to the subsequent drop in oil price and the continued pursuance of the 'business as usual' model. There is now considerable interest in microalgae as sources of liquid biofuels.
One of the action areas of Melbourne Water's Greenhouse and Energy Strategy is to investigate cost effective onsite renewable energy generation options. Algae production in wastewater for renewable energy generation (biogas or electricity) is an innovative concept. The process has significant potential to address the 'energy-water nexus' with a new renewable energy source for water businesses, while also being aligned to their core business of treating water.
This project would provide the evaluation of the initial stage of a system which may be able to recover not just energy, but phosphorous and other nutrients. Specifically, this project aims to:
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