Harvesting microalgae by bio-flocculation and autoflocculation

S. Salim

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


Harvesting in commercial microalgae production plants is generally done by centrifugation, but this requires upto about 50% of the total energy gained from the microalgae. The energy needed for harvesting can be reduced considerably by pre-concentration of the microalgae prior to further dewatering. The focus of this thesis was on development of a controlled pre-concentration step in which bio-flocculation and autoflocculation using oleaginous microalgae is applied combined with gravity sedimentation. This technology was evaluated in terms of energy demand for harvesting microalgae.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Wijffels, Rene, Promotor
  • Vermue, Marian, Co-promotor
Award date6 Sep 2013
Place of PublicationS.l.
Print ISBNs9789461736710
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • algae
  • harvesting
  • flocculation
  • bioprocess engineering
  • biodiesel
  • biomass production
  • biobased economy
  • algae culture

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