Microalgal wastewater treatment technologies

Srijoni Banerjee, Soumya Pandit

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Climate change is a defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather pattern to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impact of climate change is global. Wastewater generation has concomitantly increased with the rise of human population. The uncontrolled discharge of wastewater may lead to serious environmental and health concerns. These have paved way for the search for renewable energy and simultaneous development of suitable waste treatment technologies. Microalgae have the potential to generate renewable energy with concomitant treatment of wastewater. Algal biotechnology can provide a sustainable solution to the problems ranging from greenhouse gas reduction to bioremediation of wastewater and generation of biofuels. The present chapter describes in detail the recent techniques and advancement of microalgae-based bioremediation of wastewater, biofuel generation through a biorefinery approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Effluent Treatment Plants
Subtitle of host publicationBiological Treatment Systems
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780128229569
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Biofuel
  • Biorefinery
  • Bioremediation
  • Microalgae
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering


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