Coal seam gas water as a medium to grow Dunalliella Tertiolecta for lipid extraction

Aravinthan, Vasantha and Harrington, Daniel (2014) Coal seam gas water as a medium to grow Dunalliella Tertiolecta for lipid extraction. Desalination and Water Treatment, 52 (4-6). pp. 947-958. ISSN 1944-3994


The Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry in Queensland, Australia is expected to produce about 300 GL of CSG water annually as a by-product of its methane extraction processes. Surat basin aquifers typically produce sodium bicarbonate-chloride type water, having high concentration of salts making it unfit for direct beneficial use. The objective of this bench-scale investigation is to assess the potential of using bicarbonate-rich CSG water as a medium for growing Dunalliella tertiolecta for biofuel production. The rates of microalgal growth and carbon sequestration were found to be 49.7 mg SS/L/d and 29 mg C/L/d respectively, with an average total lipid content of 22% in CSG medium enriched with nutrients and amended for a salinity concentration of 10 gNaCl/ L and 200 mg carbon/L in non-aerated batch reactor. In summary, the brine resulting from reverse osmosis treated CSG water could be trialed as an ideal medium to grow the microalgae Dunalliella tertiolecta.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: First published online 6 Aug 2013. © 2013 Copyright Balaban Desalination Publications. Presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on 'Challenges in Environmental Science & Engineering CESE 2012' Melbourne, Australia, 9–13 September 2012.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 02:10
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 01:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: microalgae; nitrogen removal; carbon sequestration; biofuel
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091406 Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering
09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090410 Water Treatment Processes
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2013.827295

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