Stabilisation of algal biomass harvested from coal seam gas associated water to generate a renewable, high nutrient resource (2012–2015)

Abstract:
This project investigates the opportunity to make use of the algal biomass grown in industrial holding ponds as a renewable resource. The aim of this work is to develop technology to stabilise the biomass harvested from coal seam gas ponds. We will do this by composting the biomass. A feature of the project is consideration of toxic algal metabolites, and the potential for the release and degradation of these compounds during stabilisation. It is envisaged that this fundamental research will provide a platform for further developments on sustainable resource production through the utilisation of waste coal seam gas water as a growth medium for algal systems.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Associate Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Funded by:
Australian Research Council