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Potential of converting solar energy to electricity and chemical energy

Parlevliet, D. and Moheimani, N.R.ORCID: 0000-0003-2310-4147 (2015) Potential of converting solar energy to electricity and chemical energy. In: Moheimani, N.R., McHenry, M.P., de Boer, K. and Bahri, P.A., (eds.) Biomass and Biofuels from Microalgae. Springer International Publishing, pp. 311-329.

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Chemical energy can be produced from solar energy via photosynthesis. Solar energy can also be converted into electricity via photovoltaic devices. These two mechanisms would seem to compete for the same resources. However, due to differences in the spectral requirements, there is an opportunity to coproduce both electricity and chemical energy from a single facility. We propose to introduce an active filter or solar panel above a microalgae pond to generate both electricity and chemical energy. There are several advantages to such technology including reduced heating (saving freshwater) and an independent electricity supply. Additionally, by channeling targeted illumination back into the microalgae ponds, we can double the amount of light absorbed by the microalgae. This can result in increased biomass productivity.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Copyright: © 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Other Information: Series Title: Biofuel and Biorefinery Technologies; Vol. 2
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