Title

Development of Techniques and Conditions for Large-scale Production of Microalgal Biomass

Abstract

Microalgae are evaluated as a renewable resource of biomass for the production of biofuels as well as other biomaterials. Locally isolated algal strain was chosen for the study of optimum cultivation conditions that will allow the maximum production of biomass in a large-scale. Conditions tested were the amount and frequency of the nutrients and carbon dioxide added to the algae culture. The growth of microscopic algae in the culture was indirectly monitored by measuring the optical density with a spectrophotometer. Different types of nutrient media that had been developed in the lab were evaluated for their effect on the growth rate. We have also examined the strategy for algae harvesting by continuously removing 20, 50 or 90% batch of the culture volume when algae reach the maximum growth. The long-term cultivation and harvesting of the particular algal strain yielded the most biomass when the 90% batch harvesting strategy was employed.

Meeting Name

238th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (2009, Washington, DC)

Department(s)

Chemistry

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

9780841200050

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

657727

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS), All rights reserved.

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