Author(s): Walter C, Steinau T, Gerbsch N, Buchholz R
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Abstract The use of phototrophic microorganisms as sources of biological active substances in photoautotrophic and mixotrophic cultivation modes requires an adequate cultivation system with thermal sterilization. A corresponding photobioreactor system in the 10, 25 and 100 l scales was developed. This "Medusa"-photobioreactor system represents a concept based on the air-lift loop principle, whose working volume is irradiated by external light sources. The incident irradiation can be varied by a light control system. An effective CO(2)/O(2) gas exchange is enabled due to the efficient supply with process gas by several gas supply nozzles within the system and a large degassing surface. Using a model to describe the growth characteristics of the organisms, the volumetric irradiation coefficient I(DX) was defined as scale-up parameter. On this basis the scale-up from 1 l bubble columns to the 10 and 100 l scales was realized. The scale-up was performed successfully with Chlorella salina as model organism. A maximum biomass concentration of 7.89 g (dry weight) l(-1) at a maximum specific growth rate of 0.058 h(-1) and a yield of 35 mg l(-1) h(-1) was obtained in a batch cultivation in the 100 l scale under photoautotrophic conditions with an initial biomass concentration of approx. 0.03 g l(-1).
This article was published in Biomol Eng
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals