Process simulation and techno-economic analysis

Process simulation is a very useful tool to design large-scale biodiesel production from microalgal biomass, and to evaluate the potential of microalgal technology from both the economic and energetic point of view.

At PAR-Lab different process configurations as well as alternative technologies are assessed though process simulation tools in order to optimize biofuel production in terms of yield, economics and energetic performance. Models are used to scale-up process equipment and to evaluate costs, considering both CAPEX (capital costs) and OPEX (operating costs).