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Conceptual Design of Photobioreactor for Algae Cultivation

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Oscar R. Pupo, Samira García, Guillermo Valencia, Antonio Bula

Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia

Paper No. IMECE2011-64484, pp. 197-202; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; Combustion Science and Engineering; Nanoengineering for Energy, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5490-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Algae have created a lot of interest in recent years due to their high potential for yielding oil that might be used for biodiesel production while capturing CO2 and helping clean the environment. However, to reach high productions, more efficient photobioreactors are required. Different kinds of photobioreactors configurations have been proposed but only a few of them show high productivity levels. This article presents a comparison among various promising photobioreactors by evaluating the light regime, mass transfer and scale up to achieve an efficient operation of mass algae cultures. Finally, a promising configuration for reaching high productivity is determined.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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