INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN BIODIVERSIDAD Y BIOTECNOLOGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Climate-Simulated culturing suggests high microalgal biomass and oil productivities in most of the South American continent
CURATTI, LEONARDO; CORONEL, CAMILA D.
Lugar: Weinheim; Año: 2021 vol. 16
BackgroundCurrent production costs of microalgal biomass indicate that only highly-productive cultivation facilities will approach commercial feasibility. Geographical site selection for siting those facilities is critical for achieving target productivities. The aim of this study was to provide a semi-empirical estimation of microalgal biomass and lipids productivity in South America.Methods and resultsSimulated-climate was programed in environmental photobioreactors (Phenometrics?) for a simulation of cultivation in open raceway ponds at different geographical sites. The mean annual South American biomass productivity of 20-cm deep ponds was 12 ± 4 g · m− 2 · d−1. The most productive regions were clustered in the subtropical and tropical regions of the continent. Fortaleza (Brazil) showed a low seasonality and a high annual mean productivity of 23 g · m−2 · d−1 in 5-cm deep ponds, closely approaching the productivity target. Lipids accumulation and productivity in Fortaleza showed a high microalgal oil accumulation up to 46% (w/w) and a maximum oil productivity of 5 g · m−2 · d−1 for biomass containing around 20% lipids (w/w).ConclusionThis study provides the first semi-empirical estimation of microalgal productivity in South America and supports a high potential of a vast region of the continent.