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Role of Algae in Commercial Environment

Author Affiliations

  • 1Research and Development Centre, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-641 046, INDIA
  • 2PG and Research Department of Chemistry, GTN Arts College, Dindigul-624 005, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (12), Pages 81-83, December,22 (2013)

Abstract

There is an urgent need for new sustainable resources to produce food for a growing population and feed for fish and live stock and biofuel for replacing fossil fuels. In order to meet the above demand algae is the best suited supplement to increase human needs. The answer to all three issues food, freshwater and energy lies in large scale production of micro-algae. In 2008 the world’s population was 6.8 billion and the United Nations predict that by 2030 the population will be estimated as 8.2 billion. This presents humankind with a set of unprecedented challenges regarding food and feed production, but also concerning safe drinking water and affordable energy sources. This has to be achieved independently of the use of freshwater and with sustainable energy sources. The main objective of this research is described to determine the direct feasibility of producing various products from algae which will also grow on wastewater for simultaneous energy production and reduce chemical impurities. Hence, the next green revolution will be based on the industrial production of micro-algae.

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