Standards and Protocols for Characterization of Algae-Based Biofuels

Changyan Yang, Bo Zhang, Chang Cui, Jinsheng Wu, Yigang Ding, Yuanxin Wu


Recently, algae have been considered as the third-generation biofuel feedstock, which can be converted to the precursor chemicals of drop-in fuels via either the algal lipid upgrading (ALU) pathway or the hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) pathway. These precursors could be further processed and upgraded to fuels. This article reviews the standards and protocols that are suitable for characterization of drop-in algal biofuels. Applicable ASTM standards and European standards (EN) were summarized. The protocols that have been used by researches and the National Institute of Standards and Technology were also introduced.

Citation: Yang, C., Zhang, B., Cui, C., Wu, J., Ding, Y., and Wu, Y. (2016). Standards and Protocols for Characterization of Algae-Based Biofuels. Trends in Renewable Energy, 2(2), 56-60. DOI: 10.17737/tre.2016.2.2.0022


Algae-Based Biofuels; ASTM Standards; European Standards (EN); Drop-in Algal Biofuel; Algal Lipid Upgrading (ALU); Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL); Hydroprocessing; Cracking; Upgrading algal fuel

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