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Intensity of blue LED light: A potential stimulus for biomass and lipid content in fresh water microalgae Chlorella vulgaris

 

Highlights

 

Blue LED intensity and photoperiods influence Chlorella vulgaris growth rates.

Light intensities used; 100, 200 and 300 μmol m−2 s−1 at three photoperiod cycles.

Growth was maximum at blue LED of 200 μmol m−2 s−1 and photoperiod of 12:12 h L:D.

C. vulgaris grows faster in blue LED compared to white fluorescent light.

Highest growth rate corresponds to highest lipid content of C. vulgaris.

 


Abstract

Light quality and the intensity are key factors which render microalgae as a potential source of biodiesel. In this study the effects of various intensities of blue light and its photoperiods on the growth and lipid content of Chlorella vulgaris were investigated by using LED (Light Emitting Diode) in batch culture. C. vulgaris was grown for 13 days at three different light intensities (100, 200 and 300 μmol m−2 s−1). Effect of three different light and dark regimes (12:12, 16:08 and 24:00 h Light:Dark) were investigated for each light intensity at 25 °C culture temperature. Maximum lipid content (23.5%) was obtained due to high efficiency and deep penetration of 200 μmol m−2 s−1 of blue light (12:12 L:D) with improved specific growth (1.26 d−1) within reduced cultivation time of 8 days. White light could produce 20.9% lipid content in 10 days at 16:08 h L:D.

Keywords

  • C. vulgaris
  • Blue LED intensityLight and dark regimeLipid content; Specific growth