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Use of variable intensity LED illuminator to optimize microalgal growth in a planar photobioreactor

Sara Fantini

Use of variable intensity LED illuminator to optimize microalgal growth in a planar photobioreactor.

Rel. Vincenzo Andrea Riggio, Deborah Panepinto, Mariachiara Zanetti. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Per L'Ambiente E Il Territorio, 2018

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Abstract:

The possible use of microalgae as a new alternative for biogas upgrading has already been discussed in various precedent studies. Apart from this, microalgae have numerous applications, that make their cultivation economically advantageous. So, the purpose of this thesis is to identify the best microalgal accretion conditions, using a planar photobioreactor and LEDs with variable intensities. Two different illumination intensities were used during the experiment: 33 and 57 PAR. Observing trends of pH, CO2, oxygen, nitrogen and temperature, it is possible to monitor microalgal production and respiration. Furthermore, a correlation between optical density (OD) and dry weight was found, in order to evaluate microalgae growth. Finally, given the biomass growth curve as a function of time, it is possible to perform a linear regression to identify the equation of a straight line, whose angular coefficients will be used in the future to proportionally calibrate the emission in terms of light output of PBR.

Relators: Vincenzo Andrea Riggio, Deborah Panepinto, Mariachiara Zanetti
Academic year: 2018/19
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 63
Subjects:
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Per L'Ambiente E Il Territorio
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-35 - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/9123
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