International Sugar Journal

Towards increased microalgal productivity in photobioreactors [Full subscriber]

Currently there is much interest to cultivate microalgae for the production of bulk products like lipids for biodiesel or as feedstock for industrial chemical processes. To make the production economically feasible, it is essential to develop cultivation systems in which algae convert the light with a high photosynthetic efficiency, to obtain microalgae with specific production characteristics, to optimize the culture medium, to develop cheap harvesting methods and finally professionals to implement and develop the technology. For the development of better algal cultivation systems, insight is needed on the efficiency of light conversion by these algae. Two concepts of light dilution…

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