The Growth and Production of Crude Oil from Algae Using Hydrothermal Liquefaction and Catalytic Hydrothermal Liquefaction

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Title:
The Growth and Production of Crude Oil from Algae Using Hydrothermal Liquefaction and Catalytic Hydrothermal Liquefaction
Author:
Cordon, Michael; Zuun, LI; List, Tyler; Zhang, Aaron
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This report evaluates the current economic outlook of producing algal biofuels as a potential replacement for fossil fuels. The proposed design incorporates two new technologies: hydrothermal liquefaction and catalytic hydrothermal gasification. Both of these technologies provide significant advantages over other dewatering, extraction, and residual biomass processing methods that are typically considered in past models. The design also accounts for the maximal recycle of resources in the system including water, nutrients, carbon dioxide, and heat. Based on current market info, it was shown that the design is not economically feasible at this time. The plant would break even (NPV of $0 at a 40% tax rate) after 30 years if the selling price of the oil is $174 per barrel. A Monte Carlo simulation was established to monitor the effects that different operating conditions have on the commercial viability of the process. In approximately 5% of the scenarios, a positive economic outlook was found for the proposed plant. These parameters include the efficiency of the electric generator, the price of the oil, the price of electricity, the yield out of hydrothermal liquefaction, and the yield of algal biomass out of the growth raceways.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Chemical Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Blowers, Paul

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Growth and Production of Crude Oil from Algae Using Hydrothermal Liquefaction and Catalytic Hydrothermal Liquefactionen_US
dc.creatorCordon, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorCordon, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorZuun, LIen_US
dc.contributor.authorList, Tyleren_US
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Aaronen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis report evaluates the current economic outlook of producing algal biofuels as a potential replacement for fossil fuels. The proposed design incorporates two new technologies: hydrothermal liquefaction and catalytic hydrothermal gasification. Both of these technologies provide significant advantages over other dewatering, extraction, and residual biomass processing methods that are typically considered in past models. The design also accounts for the maximal recycle of resources in the system including water, nutrients, carbon dioxide, and heat. Based on current market info, it was shown that the design is not economically feasible at this time. The plant would break even (NPV of $0 at a 40% tax rate) after 30 years if the selling price of the oil is $174 per barrel. A Monte Carlo simulation was established to monitor the effects that different operating conditions have on the commercial viability of the process. In approximately 5% of the scenarios, a positive economic outlook was found for the proposed plant. These parameters include the efficiency of the electric generator, the price of the oil, the price of electricity, the yield out of hydrothermal liquefaction, and the yield of algal biomass out of the growth raceways.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineChemical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBlowers, Paul-
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