In this study, a novel optical panel photobioreactor (OPPBR) equipped with a V-cut/or flat optical panel (OP) and a light source, i.e., light-emitting diodes (LEDs) was developed. The performance of this OPPBR was assessed using cultures of Chlorella vulgaris. Growth rates of biomass were compared in bioreactors operated separately using a V-cut OP, or a flat-plate OP both equipped with LEDs or a fluorescent light source without any OP. The experiments were conducted at neutral pH (7.2 ± 0.3) with an initial cell concentration of 0.15 ± 0.05 g L−1, at 23 ± 1 °C under dark and light cycles of 8 and 16 h, respectively, using LEDs and fluorescent lamps for 11 days. The results demonstrated that the amount of biomass produced using the V-cut OP was three times higher than the flat-plate OP and five times higher than without the OP. Parametric studies demonstrated that a distance of 3 mm between the OP and the LEDs produced the highest illumination uniformity, i.e., 65.7% for the flat-plate OP and 87.6% for the V-cut OP. The OPPBR system can be scaled up and could be used to enhance biomass production using an LED and OP combination.

You do not currently have access to this content.