This review explores the possibilities of using algae to remove carbon dioxidefrom power plant flue gas by photosynthesis through review of literature.Different species of algae, algal products and factors affecting the photosyntheticand carbon dioxide fixation rates were explored. The principle was applied to a1500MWe coal fired power station whilst addressing the possibilities for using theproduced biomass as a fuel.It is shown that the algal species
can be grown from theflue gas emissions of a coal fired power plant in the South Western regions of the United Kingdom. The entire carbon dioxide emissions from a 1500MWe coalfired power plant can be absorbed in a 2x2km field of
witha starting algal concentration of 5x10
, producing biomass at anaverage rate of 14.2 kg.s
. Directly burning this biomass when dry will provide5% of the fuel demand whilst anaerobic digestion will provide 7.3%. It has beendetermined that the most useful product from such a product is to be biodieselfrom hydrocarbon producing algal species.