Biological determinants of photobioreactor design. Quarterly report No. 7, April 1, 1995--June 30, 1995
Description: The photosynthetic conversion of light energy into algal biomass in large-scale cultures is controlled by the availability of light, the photosynthetic machinery of algae, nutrients, temperature and the design characteristics of the culture system. For the situation in which light is made the growth rate limiting factor, there is an upper limit in the light conversion efficiency of a large-scale culture, which translates to a maximum potential yield of 30-40 g dry weight m-2 day-1 under ideal light conditions. The development of large-scale mass cultures involves many considerations, but the two major design parameters for optimizing yields at a particular time are the flow rate throughout the culture and the depth of the culture.
Date: April 1, 1997
Creator: Palsson, B.O. & Brown, G.G.
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