No. 42 (2010)

Energy production systems of phototroph microorganisms (classification of photobioreactors)

Published December 22, 2010
Csongor Gábor Kiss
Debreceni Egyetem Agrár- és Gazdálkodástudományok Centruma, Mezgazdaság-, Élelmiszertudományi és Környezetgazdálkodási Kar, Földhasznosítási, Mszaki és Területfejlesztési Intézet, Debrecen


Kiss, C. G. (2010). Energy production systems of phototroph microorganisms (classification of photobioreactors). Acta Agraria Debreceniensis, (42), 35–39.

In the field of alternative energy sources there is an argue in the comparison of its effects on the benefits and disadvantages to the economics and the environment. New studies are born which are in contradiction with each other. The demand for bioenergy feedstock is growing rapidly however there are the environmental problems caused by the extending energy crop plantations. There is such a significant need for land to grow traditional energy crops on (rape, soy, palm-oil, sugarcane, etc.) that the food purpose agricultural capacity could be in danger. Probably the extensively
growing energy crops play a role in the very high prices of food. In some countries like China for example laws prohibit the use of food based crops such as corn for energie production. In the case of corn based ethanol production the cost only for the feedstock itself is over 60% of the whole preparation costs which significantly effects the entire economy of the energy productions process.
The microalgaes however have a huge biotechnological potential and their production is notably cheaper then the traditionaly grown food crops growing expenses. They play a significant role as feedstocks in todays industrial production in such fields as comestible production, cosmetics, pharmaceutics and biotechnology especially in biofule production. In the field of economy the major aspects here are also the technological designs
and the construction. For the future industrial production the closed type systems seem to have more advantages compared to the open, pond-type systems. For high value material production the more innovative and more easily developed closed photobioreactors are the profitable regardless the vast techological designs used in the construction. 


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