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Algae Energy

Algae as a New Source of Biodiesel


Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 1-27
  3. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 29-47
  4. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 49-74
  5. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 75-96
  6. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 97-138
  7. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 139-157
  8. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 159-181
  9. Ayhan Demirbas, M. Fatih Demirbas
    Pages 183-194
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 195-199

About this book


Climate change, environmental impact and declining natural resources are driving scientific research and novel technical solutions. Green Energy and Technology serves as a publishing platform for scientific and technological approaches to "green" - i.e., environmentally friendly and sustainable - technologies. While the main focus lies on energy and power supply, the series also covers green solutions in industrial engineering and engineering design. Green Energy and Technology is a monograph series addressing researchers, advanced students and technical consultants, as well as decision makers in industry and politics. The level presentation ranges from instructional to highly technical.

Algal oil can be an important source of biomass and algae’s ability to grow almost anywhere has encouraged scientists to also investigate its potential as a source of biodiesel. Algae Energy covers the production of algae culture and the usage of algal biomass conversion products. It also reviews modern biomass-based transportation fuels, including biodiesel, bio-oil, biomethane and biohydrogen.

Each chapter opens with fundamental explanations suitable for those with a general interest in algae energy and goes on to provide in-depth scientific details for more expert readers. Algae energy is discussed within the wider context of green energy, with chapters covering topics such as:

• green energy facilities;

• algae technology;

• energy from algae; and

• biodiesel from algae.

Algae Energy addresses the needs of energy researchers, chemical engineers, fuel and environmental engineers, postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, and others interested in a practical tool for pursuing their interest in bio-energy.


BioFuel Biomethan Ethan algae biodiesel biomass fuel hydrogen

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sirnak UniversitySirnakTurkey
  2. 2.University Mah.Sila Science and Energy Unlimited CompanyTrabzonTurkey

About the authors

Ayhan Demirbas is a full professor and Vice Rector at Sirnak University. He was Professor in Energy Technologies Science at Karadeniz Technical University between 1991 and 2001, at Selcuk University from 2003 to 2007, and at Sila Science and Energy from 2007 to 2009. His research is mainly concerned with renewable and sustainable energy.

M. Fatih Demirbas became Associate Researcher at Sila Science and Energy in 2003 and is now a full professor with the same company. His research focuses on renewable energy sources, notable solar energy and biomass energy technologies (biodiesel; biofuels; biomass pyrolysis; liquefaction and gasification; and biohydrogen).

Bibliographic information

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From the reviews:

“Ayhan Demirbas (Sirnak Univ., Turkey) is the most widely cited author in the alternative energy field. … This slim … volume presents the promise of biofuels in the context of dwindling fossil energy supplies. … The text is clearly and accessibly written … confidently predicting that ‘algae will become the most important biofuel source in the near future’ because its use for biodiesel ‘has no disadvantages.’ … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals, two-year technical program students.” (M. K. Bomford, Choice, Vol. 48 (7), March, 2011)