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Effect of photobioreactor inclination on biomass productivity of outdoor algal culture

February 22nd, 2007 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Cultivation, Algae-Photobioreactor

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Effect of photobioreactor inclination on the biomass productivity of an outdoor algal culture

Yuan-Kun Lee *, Chin-Seng Low
Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge, Singapore 0511
*Correspondence to Yuan-Kun Lee, Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge, Singapore 0511

Keywords – tubular-loop photobioreactor • orientation • Chlorella pyrenoidosa • biomass productivity


The profiles of photon flux density incidented on a tubularloop photobioreactor in the day could be altered by inclining the bioreactor at an angle with the horizontal. The photon flux density at noon decreased with increasing angle of inclination, whereas the photon flux density in the early morning and late afternoon increased with increasing angle of inclination. The overall photosynthetic radiance received by the bioreactor inclined at 0, 25, 45, and 80° was 1:0.89:0.77:0.62. Regardless of the angle of bioreactor inclination, the overall biomass output rate of a fed-batch culture over an 8-h/day period was comparable (26-36 g-biomass m-2 bioreactor surface area day-1). As a bioreactor inclined at an angle occupied smaller land area, and daily biomass output rate per land area of a bioreactor inclined at 80° (130 g-biomass m-2 land) was about six times of that obtainable at horizontal position (21-g biomass m-2 land). The bioenergetics growth yield from the absorbed photosynthetic radiance was not a constant but an inverse function of the photon flux density. The quasi-steady state chlorophyll content of the Chlorella cells varied between 36 and 63 mg g-1 cells. Photoinhibition of the maximum photosynthetic capacity was not observed in this study.

Received: 28 November 1990; Accepted: 22 March 1991

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  1. chlorella Says:

    Chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa) is a natural whole food derived from a
    fresh water-grown plant, with amazing health-enhancing benefits. It is a genus
    of single-celled green algae, belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. Chlorella”s
    name comes from “chlor” which means green in Greek, and
    “ella” which means a small thing in Latin.

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