Chapter 7: Microalgae

Ryan Davis, Rebecca Efroymson, Shahabaddine Sokhansanj, Matthew Langholtz, Andre Coleman, Mark Wigmosta, Susan Schoenung

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This chapter of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report provides an estimate of biomass potential at given minimum selling prices. This is not a projection of actual measured biomass or a simulation of commercial projects. Biomass potential is estimated based on 30 years of hourly local climate and strain-specific biophysical characteristics using the Biomass Assessment Tool (BAT), assuming sufficient available nutrients (including CO2). As is the case for terrestrial feedstocks, important resource analysis questions for algae include not only how much of the crop may be available but also what price might be needed to procure that supply. Identifying resource co-location opportunities for algal biofuel facilities has the potential to reduce costs, utilize waste resources, and focus attention on appropriate technologies and locations for commercialization.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publication2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Economic Availability of Feedstocks
EditorsM. H. Langholtz, B. J. Stokes, L. M. Eaton
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5100-66761


  • algae
  • algal biomass
  • biofuel
  • coproducts
  • feedstock
  • microalgae


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