Whole Algae Hydrothermal Liquefaction Technology Pathway

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This technology pathway case investigates the feasibility of using whole wet microalgae as a feedstock for conversion via hydrothermal liquefaction. Technical barriers and key research needs have been assessed in order for the hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae to be competitive with petroleum-derived gasoline-, diesel-, and jet-range hydrocarbon blendstocks.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5100-58051

Other Report Number

  • PNNL-22314


  • Biomass Technologies Office
  • hydrocarbon fuel
  • hydrothermal liquefaction
  • microalgae
  • microalgal-derived biofuel
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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