Promises and Challenges of Growing Microalgae in Wastewater

  • Olumayowa Osundeko
  • Preeti Ansolia
  • Sanjay Kumar Gupta
  • Pushan Bag
  • Amit K. BajhaiyaEmail author


Microalgae have been theoretically described as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel production. However, there are still some concerns and obstacles that need to be overcome in order to translate the theoretical promise into commercial and economic success. These obstacles include a high requirement for nutrients and sustainable water source and the identification of affordable cultivation conditions. It has been suggested that growing microalgae in wastewater can potentially offset some of these obstacles. Microalgae can perform a dual role for remediation of nutrient pollutants and biomass production when grown in wastewater. However, there are huge challenges to overcome before this route can be exploited in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. In the present chapter, the potentials and challenges of growing microalgae in wastewater and its future implications are discussed in detail.


Bioremediation Biofuel Biomass Microalgae Wastewater 



Olumayowa Osundeko is grateful to the Sustainable Consumption Institute Doctoral Training Centre for providing a graduate studentship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olumayowa Osundeko
    • 1
  • Preeti Ansolia
    • 2
  • Sanjay Kumar Gupta
    • 3
  • Pushan Bag
    • 4
  • Amit K. Bajhaiya
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Life SciencesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Department of PharmacyRadharaman Institute of Technology & Science (RITS)BhopalIndia
  3. 3.Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of TechnologyDelhiIndia
  4. 4.Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science CentreUmeå UniversityUmeaSweden
  5. 5.Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biological Centre (KBC)Umeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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