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Enhancing Photon Utilization Efficiency for Astaxanthin Production from Haematococcus lacustris Using a Split-Column Photobioreactor
Enhancing Photon Utilization Efficiency for Astaxanthin Production from Haematococcus lacustris Using a Split-Column Photobioreactor
Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2016. Jul, 26(7): 1285-1289
Copyright © 2016, The Korean Society For Microbiology And Biotechnology
  • Received : January 28, 2016
  • Accepted : March 30, 2016
  • Published : July 28, 2016
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Z-Hun, Kim
Hanwool, Park
Ho-Sang, Lee
Choul-Gyun, Lee
leecg@inha.ac.kr

Abstract
A split-column photobioreactor (SC-PBR), consisting of two bubble columns with different sizes, was developed to enhance the photon utilization efficiency in an astaxanthin production process from Haematococcus lacustris . Among the two columns, only the smaller column of SC-PBR was illuminated. Astaxanthin productivities and photon efficiencies of the SC-PBRs were compared with a standard bubble-column PBR (BC-PBR). Astaxanthin productivity of SC-PBR was improved by 28%, and the photon utilization efficiencies were 28-366% higher than the original BC-PBR. The results clearly show that the effective light regime of SC-PBR could enhance the production of astaxanthin.
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Acknowledgements
This research was supported by Maritime Biotechnology Program funded by Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of Korean Government (Project No.: 200255), and Manpower Training Program for Ocean Energy from the same ministry (Project No.: 53169-1), for which authors are grateful.
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