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Integration of algal biofuel and biogas production

Department of Mechanical Engineering

About the Project

There is an increased international interest in the use of algae to sustainably produce liquid biofuels to meet future energy demands, however there are many technical challenges associated with this promising technology. Anaerobic digestion/biogas production is an ideal synergistic process to the algal biofuel production and could help to satisfy the local parasitic energy demand of the biofuel production process, in a similar way to how it is currently used in wastewater treatment. The potential synergies include nutrient recycling, residue valorisation, biogas upgrading to biomethane and reduced water use. This project will develop knowledge in the integration of these two technologies using a multi-disciplinary approach involving process, biochemical and CFD modelling supported by bench scale experimental work. The student will benefit from links with industry.

Funding Notes

1st or 2:1 degree in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, or other Relevant Discipline.

This project is available only for Self funded students.

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