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Author(s): José C. M. Pires
Maria C. M. Alvim Ferraz
Fernando G. Martins
Title: Photobioreactor design for microalgae production through computational fluid dynamics: A review
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Microalgae are seen as the most promising flexible feedstock, being considered the crop of the future. They growfast, just needing sunlight, carbon dioxide and minerals. They contain high value ingredients, such as proteins,carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and others (carotenoids and polymers). Thus, they can be produced for awide range of markets, including human and animal nutrition, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and biofuels.However, the production cost is still high, limiting their commercial applications to high-valued compounds.The reduction of these costs can be obtained with efficient bioreactor designs, which are able to achieve highareal biomass productivities. In this context, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) may play an important rolein the optimization of bioreactor design, analysing the interaction of hydrodynamics, light supply, heat andmass transfer and biological kinetics. This study addresses the recent advances in CFD modelling of both openpond and closed bioreactors.
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/UID/EQU/00511/2013 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006939/Laboratório de Engenharia de Processos, Ambiente, Biotecnologia e Energia/LEPABE
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
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