Investigation into the supercritical water gasification (SCWG) of microalgae has largely used deionized water as the reaction medium. However, real systems would use the algal growth water directly, containing ions that have been known to catalyse SCWG (K+, Na+, OH-, Fe3+, Cl-). Investigation into the effect of the growth water on SCWG was carried out for a range of temperatures (450-550), biomass concentrations (1-3wt%) and catalysts (KOH, Ru/C), using glucose or Chlorella vulgaris as the feedstock was performed. A significant increase in CO2 and reduction in CO content in the gas was observed without a catalyst and with a Ru/C catalyst. An increase in char/tar was also observed without a catalyst. As a result, the impact of the growth water should be considered for the SCWG of microalgae, in laboratory experiments and the selection of algal growth media in...

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