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Author(s): Melo, M
Fernandes, S
Nídia de Sá Caetano
Borges, MT
Title: Chlorella vulgaris (SAG 211-12) biofilm formation capacity and proposal of a rotating flat plate photobioreactor for more sustainable biomass production
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Difficulties and cost of suspended microalgal biomass harvest and processing can be overcome by cultivating microalgae as biofilms. In the present work, a new photoautotrophic biofilm photobioreactor, the rotating flat plate photobioreactor (RFPPB), was developed aiming at a cost-effective production of Chlorella vulgaris (SAG 211-12), a strain not frequently referred in the literature but promising for biofuel production. Protocols were developed for evaluating initial adhesion to different materials and testing the conditions for biofilm formation. Polyvinyl chloride substrate promoted higher adhesion and biofilm production, followed by polypropylene, polyethylene, and stainless steel. The new RFPPB was tested, aiming at optimizing incident light utilization, minimizing footprint area and simplifying biomass harvesting. Tests show that the photobioreactor is robust, promotes biofilm development, and has simple operation, small footprint, and easy biomass harvest. Biomass production (dry weight) under non-optimized conditions was 3.35 g m2, and areal productivity was 2.99 g m2 day1. Lipid content was 10.3% (dw), with high PUFA content. These results are promising and can be improved by optimizing some operational parameters, together with evaluation of long-term photobioreactor maximum productivity. © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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
Rights: restrictedAccess
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