Title

Optimization of Microalgae Growth by Testing Different Media

Presenting Author Name/s

Matea Tindal, Ashani Samaratunga, and Sandeep Kumar

Faculty Advisor

Sandeep Kumar

Presentation Type

Poster

Disciplines

Environmental Engineering

Description/Abstract

Environmental concerns and declining resources have led to a global interest in renewable and carbon neutral transportation fuels. Microalgae is an outstanding source of biomass for production of biofuels and bio-products due to its efficiency in producing lipids, being a non-food feedstock, the flexibility to be cultivated indoors or outdoors and in various types of photobioreactors, and land conservation. To cultivate microalgae, nutrients must be provided by media which contain chemicals that help contribute to the growth of the algae along with a light source, air supply and suitable temperature. The objective of this study is to test and compare different media that would help grow Scenedesmus sp., to observe the microalgae growth rates and production yields, and to determine the ideal medium for Scenedesmus sp. The chosen medium will be used to better cultivate Scenedesmus sp. for future research.

Session Title

Poster Session

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Start Date

3-2-2018 8:00 AM

End Date

3-2-2018 12:30 PM

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Optimization of Microalgae Growth by Testing Different Media

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Environmental concerns and declining resources have led to a global interest in renewable and carbon neutral transportation fuels. Microalgae is an outstanding source of biomass for production of biofuels and bio-products due to its efficiency in producing lipids, being a non-food feedstock, the flexibility to be cultivated indoors or outdoors and in various types of photobioreactors, and land conservation. To cultivate microalgae, nutrients must be provided by media which contain chemicals that help contribute to the growth of the algae along with a light source, air supply and suitable temperature. The objective of this study is to test and compare different media that would help grow Scenedesmus sp., to observe the microalgae growth rates and production yields, and to determine the ideal medium for Scenedesmus sp. The chosen medium will be used to better cultivate Scenedesmus sp. for future research.