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Journal of Renewable EnergyVolume 2014 2014, Article ID 430203, 10 pages

Review ArticleDepartment of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand

Received 20 November 2013; Revised 6 March 2014; Accepted 12 March 2014; Published 24 April 2014

Academic Editor: Yongsheng Chen

Copyright © 2014 Simon Jegan Porphy Jegathese and Mohammed Farid. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Algae are believed to be a good source of renewable energy because of its rapid growth rate and its ability to be cultivated in waste water or waste land. Several companies and government agencies are making efforts to reduce capital cost and operating costs and make algae fuel production commercially viable. Algae are the fastest growing plant and theoretically have the potential to produce more oil or biomass per acre when compared to other crops and plants. However, the energy efficiency ratio and carbon and water footprint for algal based biofuels still need to be evaluated in order to fully understand the environmental impact of algal derived biofuels.

Author: Simon Jegan Porphy Jegathese and Mohammed Farid

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