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Chapter 5 Introduction to autotrophic cultivation of microalgae in photobioreactors

From the book The Autotrophic Biorefinery

  • Philipp Doppler and Oliver Spadiut


Microalgae assimilate the green-house gas CO2 exclusively by utilizing the power of light allowing autotrophic growth. This makes them a sustainable, literally green alternative for the production of various value-added compounds. Different reactor types have evolved to provide optimum conditions for microalgal biomass and product formation. This book chapter provides an introduction to autotrophic growth of microalgae and presents an overview of currently used photobioreactor designs.

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