Title

Microalgae Cultivation in Aquaculture Wastewater

Presenting Author Name/s

Matea Tindal, Keyur Patel, Ashani Samaratunga, and Sandeep Kumar

Faculty Advisor

Sandeep Kumar

Presentation Type

Poster

Disciplines

Environmental Engineering

Description/Abstract

Microalgae is a promising feedstock for production of biofuels and bio-products due to factors such as the ability to harness solar energy, treat wastewater, and capture carbon to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere. Utilizing wastewater for microalgae cultivation is economical for the production of algal biomass. Therefore, aquaculture wastewater from a shrimp and freshwater fish farm was used to cultivate Scenedesmus sp. The objectives of this study were to test whether the aquaculture wastewater could be used to culture Scenedesmus sp., to compare the algal growth of wastewater with the control medium AM-14, and to harvest the wastewater microalgae to use as a feed source for fish, shrimp, or other aquatic animals. We observed significant algae growth in the aquaculture wastewater compared to the control medium.

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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Microalgae Cultivation in Aquaculture Wastewater

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Microalgae is a promising feedstock for production of biofuels and bio-products due to factors such as the ability to harness solar energy, treat wastewater, and capture carbon to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere. Utilizing wastewater for microalgae cultivation is economical for the production of algal biomass. Therefore, aquaculture wastewater from a shrimp and freshwater fish farm was used to cultivate Scenedesmus sp. The objectives of this study were to test whether the aquaculture wastewater could be used to culture Scenedesmus sp., to compare the algal growth of wastewater with the control medium AM-14, and to harvest the wastewater microalgae to use as a feed source for fish, shrimp, or other aquatic animals. We observed significant algae growth in the aquaculture wastewater compared to the control medium.