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Design, performance of α-type tubular photobioreactor for microalgae mass cultivation

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Design and performance of an α-type tubular photobioreactor for mass cultivation of microalgae

Journal – Journal of Applied Phycology
Publisher – Springer Netherlands
Issue –
Volume 7, Number 1 / February, 1995
DOI – 10.1007/BF00003549
SpringerLink Date – Saturday, July 29, 2006

Design and performance of an α-type tubular photobioreactor for mass cultivation of microalgae

Yuan-Kun Lee1, Sun-Yeun Ding1, Chin-Seng Low1, Yoon-Ching Chang2, Wayne L. Forday2 and Poo-Chin Chew3
Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge, Singapore, 0511
Department of Biotechnology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, 535 Clementi Road, Singapore, 2159

Gold Coin Services Singapore Pte Ltd, 14 Jalan Tepong, Singapore, 2261

Received: 25 April 1994 Revised: 28 September 1994 Accepted: 2 October 1994


A α-shape tubular photobioreactor was designed and constructed based on knowledge of algal growth physiology using sunlight. The algal culture is lifted 5 m by air to a receiver tank. From the receiver tank, the culture flows down parallel polyvinyl-chloride tubes of 25 m length and 2.5 cm internal diameter, placed at an angle of 25 ° with the horizontal to reach another set of air riser tubes. Again the culture is lifted 5 m to another receiver tank, then flows down parallel tubes connected to the base of the first set of riser tubes. Thus, the bioreactor system looks like the symbol α. As there is no change in the direction of the liquid flow, high liquid flow rate and Reynolds Number can be achieved at relatively low air flow rate in the riser tubes. Due to the high area-volume ratio of the bioreactor, and equable photosynthetically available radiance and culture temperature, biomass density of exceeding 10 g dry weight L-1 and daily output rate of 72 g dry weight m-2 land d-1 were achieved.
Key words photobioreactor – microalgae – design performance

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