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