Title: In how far can algae based bioenergy contribute to our electric power supply
Language: English
Authors: Mühlbacher, Franz 
Qualification level: Diploma
Advisor: Ortner, Mario
Issue Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 105
Qualification level: Diploma
The world's demand for energy increases year by year neglecting the threat of vanishing fossil resources. At the same time electricity gains importance concerning its share within the final energy consumption. The sustainable supply with (electric) energy is crucial, from first world to third world countries. Around the world, bioenergy related research shows interest in algae as a promising future energy carrier which once may replace fossil resources. These developments pose the question "In How Far Can Algae Based Bioenergy Contribute to Our Electric Power Supply?" This Master Thesis aims to answer the question by diving into the details of algae biomass. Introductorily, a chapter about biology describes algae as a summary of a vast variety of individual organisms using photosynthesis to store solar energy as biomass. The description of how biomass can be transformed into useful energy is followed by the definition of achievable biomass yields. Biogas is described as an interesting intermediate product in the process of generating electricity out of algae biomass. An economic spotlight is put on the feasibility of switching the conventional maize feedstock of an existing CHP plant to algae biomass. It gets obvious that the potentials of algae as a future energy source in general and as a considerable electricity producer in particular are impressing. However, it can also be seen that algae technology stands at the beginning of an economic learning curve.
URI: https://resolver.obvsg.at/urn:nbn:at:at-ubtuw:1-60366
Library ID: AC08373257
Organisation: E017 - Weiterbildungszentrum der TU Wien 
Publication Type: Thesis
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