ISSN: 1304-7191 | E-ISSN: 1304-7205
The effect of photobioreactor height/diameter ratio on Chlorella Variabilis microalgae growth and oil production efficiency
1Kocaeli University, Department of Chemical Eng., Kocaeli, Turkiye
Sigma J Eng Nat Sci - DOI: 10.14744/sigma.2023.00032
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This study aims to reveal how height/diameter ratio of column photobioreactors affect the growth and lipid content of microalgae. For this purpose, Chlorella variabilis cells were grown in aerated column photobioreactors with height/diameter ratio of 1, 2, and 3 in defined (BG11) culture medium. Results obtained showed that maximum microalgae biomass concentration, cell productivity, cell doubling time, and lipid productivity were found to increase as the height/diameter of photobioreactor increased. After 15 days of cultivation, the highest cell productivity (0.139 gdw/, cell lipid content (21.1%) and lipid productivity (29.33 mg/ were obtained in the photobioreactor with the highest height/diameter ratio (3), whereas the highest specific growth rate (0.045 h-1) was obtained in the photobioreactor with the smallest height/diameter ratio (1). These findings contribute to the knowledge on photobioreactor design and pave way for more efficient use of column type photobioreactors in producing microalgae.