Growth modeling of the green microalga Chlorella vulgaris in an air-lift photobioreactor

Abstract : Considering the increasing impact of the environmental concerns in the current worldwide policy, the application of biological processes, namely the bio-fixation of CO2 by microalgae, represents a promising solution and an increasingly attractive strategy. Indeed, these photosynthetic microorganisms have the great capacity to fix and tolerate high CO2 concentrations converting it to biomass and highly valuable molecules. Thus, modeling of microalgae growth represents an essential tool for the optimization of the carbon dioxide consumption in engineered systems such as photobioreactors. In this context, the main goal of this work is the identification of the growth model parameters of Chlorella vulgaris, the model organism used in this study. The growth model developed in this study takes into account the combined influence of light intensity and the total inorganic carbon available per cell. First, an experimental campaign of batch culture was carried out in a well-stirred lab-scale photobioreactor under optimal conditions. Finally, model results of biomass dynamics and total inorganic carbon evolution over time are compared with data of batch and continuous cultures, confirming the accuracy of the identified model parameters.
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Rayen Filali, Sihem Tebbani, Didier Dumur, Arsène Isambert, D. Pareau, et al.. Growth modeling of the green microalga Chlorella vulgaris in an air-lift photobioreactor. 18th IFAC World Congress, Aug 2011, Milan, Italy. pp.10603-10608, ⟨10.3182/20110828-6-IT-1002.01955⟩. ⟨hal-00640782⟩

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