Microalgal strain treats wastewater and produces biofuel

August 27, 2017 |

In Moscow, scientists are using a microalgal strain from Finland, Chlorella vulgaris UHCC0027, to treat wastewater while using the algal biomass for processing into biofuel. While algal ponds have been used for water treatment since ancient times, scientists found this particular strain was particularly effective in Finland using photobioreactors where the algae works without additional heating. They also found that the microalgal biomass growing in the wastewater was valuable as a commodity that could be converted into biodiesel. One of the big differences in this project was that they used actual municipal wastewater instead of modeled wastewater environments.

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