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December 2017

RENEW

REstoratioN of Eutrophic Waters (RENEW): Harvesting microalgae efficiently.

We rely heavily on our environment for resources such as fresh water, energy and food etc. This dependence is increasing as the human population grows rapidly. However, some of the major advances in technology and engineering that have enabled and sustained this population growth have inadvertently caused widespread environmental damage. One particular example is the growth of agriculture to feed the growing population, particularly in expanding urban conurbations. It has resulted in polluted lakes and rivers, reflected in large-scale algal blooms representing a process caused eutrophication. Eutrophication is bad for many reasons – the water quality is poor, smells bad and natural ecosystem structure and function is destroyed. But there may be a hidden opportunity – algae is a potential source of biofuel, fertiliser, biomass and animal feed.

 
 

Published Work

 

Harvesting environmental algal blooms for remediation and resource recovery: A laboratory scale investigation with economic and microbial community impact assessment

December 2017

  • Pandhal J, Choon WL, Kapoore RV, Russo DA, Hanotu J, Wilson IAG, Desai P, Bailey M, Zimmerman WJ, Ferguson AS (2017) Biology 7(1).

Algae- The New Biofuel: China Water Risk

2014

Written by Jags PandhalJames Hanotu and Will Zimmerman 
July 11, 2013

Find out how microbubbles can be the key to remediate eutrophic water systems to harvest algae as biofuel

Highlights
-Human pollution is causing huge algal blooms
-Award-winning technology can be used for low energy harvesting of algae for environmental restoration
-Algae has potential applications as biofuels, pharmaceuticals, fertiliser & animal feed