Algae-based biofuels: applications and co-products

Algal biofuels have many
advantageous characteristics that would lower impacts on environmental degradation in
comparison to biofuel feedstock and in some cases improve the well-being of developing and developed communities. This report shows that, while the technology for large scale algal biofuel production is not yet commercially viable, algal production systems may eventually contribute to rural development, not only through their multiple environmental benefits but also through their contribution of diversification to integrated systems by efficiently coproducing energy with valuable nutrients, animal feed, fertilizers, biofuels and other products that can be customized on the basis of the local needs.