CO2 biofixation by Dunaliella Salina in batch and semi-continuous cultivations, using hydrophobic and hydrophilic poly ethylene (PE) hollow fiber membrane photobioreactors

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1 Process/production department, South Pars Gas Complex (SPGC), Asaluyeh, Iran

2 Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology

3 Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of West & North-West, Tabriz, Iran

4 Membrane Technology Research Center, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran


In this work, performance of hollow fiber membrane photobioreactor (HFMPB) on the growth of Dunaliella Salina (G26) at various aeration rates (0.1 and 0.2 VVm) and medium re-circulation flow rates (500 and 1000 mL/h) were studied. Cultivation was carried out at both batch and semi-continuous modes in HFMPBs containing neat and hydrophilized in-house fabricated poly ethylene (PE) membranes at fixed light intensity of 300 µmol m-2 s-1and temperature of 30 oC. Microalgae showed better growth in hydrophobic module in both cultivation modes and modules. Maximum biomass concentration, CO2 biofixation and specific growth rates equal with 0.71g L-1, 1.102g L-1 d-1 and 0.224d-1 were obtained for non-wetted membranes, respectively. Comparing the performance of both modules showed that the impact of cultivation mode on the CO2 biofixation rate and CO2 removal is more pronounced than the impact of mass transfer resistance in membrane contactors. The obtained results show that the mean CO2 biofixation rates in semi-continuous cultivation for both neat and hydrophilized modules are higher than that in batch cultivation in all operating conditions. It was also found that the hydrophobic membranes are much preferable than hydrophilic membrane in HFMPBs.


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