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Potentials of microalgae biodiesel production in Nigeria

Ogbonna, I.O., Moheimani, N.R. and Ogbonna, J.C. (2015) Potentials of microalgae biodiesel production in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology, 29 . pp. 44-55.

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Bio-energies are renewable, sustainable and environmentally-friendly. Although Nigeria has a lot of various biomass materials, production of bio-fuels in Nigeria is faced with a lot of challenges. It has been argued that large scale production of bio-energies from food crops as replacement or supplements to fossil fuels cannot be realistically achieved because of possible negative effects on food security. There is high potential for largescale production of biodiesel from microalgae in Nigeria. Establishment of biodiesel production industries in Nigeria will have positive effects on socio-economic development of the country. It has been estimated that Nigeria currently needs about 27 thousand barrels of biodiesel per day to be able to replace the entire consumed fossil diesel with B20 blends. There is therefore an urgent need to isolate and develop productive strains that are adapted to non-arable lands in Nigeria, develop appropriate photo bioreactors and culture systems for large scale production of microalgae biodiesel, and develop bioenergy friendly policies and incentives to encourage bio-energy production in Nigeria.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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