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Identification of the optimum sites for industrial-scale microalgae biofuel production in WA using a GIS model. Prepared for The Centre for Research into Energy for Sustainable Transport (CREST)

Borowitzka, M.A., Boruff, B.J., Moheimani, N.R., Pauli, N., Cao, Y. and Smith, H. (2012) Identification of the optimum sites for industrial-scale microalgae biofuel production in WA using a GIS model. Prepared for The Centre for Research into Energy for Sustainable Transport (CREST). Murdoch University and University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the best locations for constructing commercial-scale algae-to-biofuel production facilities in Western Australia (WA). The following document provides an overview of the study identifying a GIS modelling approach to locate optimal locations for production. Chapter one sets the context for the study positing algal biofuel manufacturing within the rubric of global renewable energy production. Chapter two focuses on methods used for site targeting in general, followed by a more specific discussion of site targeting approaches used to identify appropriate locations for algal biofuel production facilities. Chapter three outlines the area under study as well as the specific methods used to develop the GIS based site targeting model. Chapter four provides the results of the analysis followed by general conclusions in Chapter five.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Murdoch University and University of Western Australia
Copyright: © 2012 Murdoch University & University of Western Australia
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/36117
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