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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Malaysia 2018
The main objective of this research is to introduce biofuel through robust algae extraction techniques involving ultrasound irradiation so as to maximize the oil extracted. This is done by collecting the naturally existing algae and then giving the extracts a correct dose of CO2, water, nutrients and sunlight to support the algae to grow into manageable scale before for harvesting.
Algae oil extraction process is one of the most costly processes that can determine the sustainability of algae-based energy/fuel. Algae oil extraction can be broadly categorized into two methods, which is, mechanical and chemical methods. Each of the extraction processes has its own drawbacks. For example, the mechanical process generally requires drying the algae, which is energy intensive while the use of chemical solvents may cause safety and health challenges.
The solution is to extract bio fuel from algae using the ultrasound irradiation technique. This method of extraction does not require a lot of energy and it poses fewer risks to the environment. Naturally, existing algae is extracted while optimizing input such as carbon dioxide, water, nutrients and sunlight so as to grow the algae into acceptable scale for harvesting.
This research will focus on the requirements for establishing microalgae as an environmentally and economically viable platform, with much emphasis on combining fuel production with production of co-products which is in line with Malaysia’s National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan (2009).