Algal Lipid Extraction and Upgrading to Hydrocarbons Technology Pathway

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This technology pathway case investigates the cultivation of algal biomass followed by further lipid extraction and upgrading to hydrocarbon biofuels. Technical barriers and key research needs have been assessed in order for the algal lipid extraction and upgrading pathway to be competitive with petroleum-derived gasoline-, diesel-, and jet-range hydrocarbon blendstocks.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5100-58049

Other Report Number

  • PNNL-22315


  • algal biomass
  • biomass conversion technologies
  • Biomass Technologies Office
  • hydrocarbon biofuels
  • microalgae
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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