Optimisation of operational conditions during the production of Arthrospira platensis using pilot-scale raceway reactors
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Author/sVillaró, Silvia; Morillas-España, Ainoa; Acién Fernández, Francisco Gabriel; Lafarga Poyo, Tomás Valentín
The aim of the present study was to identify the optimum combination of dilution rate and depth of the culture to maximise the Arthrospira platensis BEA005B (Spirulina) productivity using 80 m2 raceway reactors. By varying these two main operational conditions, the areal biomass productivity of the reactors varied by over 55%. The optimum combination, optimised using a surface response methodology, was a depth of 0.10 m and a dilution rate of 0.33 day−1, which led to a biomass productivity of 30.2 g·m−2·day−1 on a dry weight basis when operating the reactors in semi-continuous mode. The composition of the produced biomass was 62.2% proteins, 42.5% carbohydrates, 11.6% ashes, and 8.1% lipids. The isolated proteins contained all the essential amino acids (except for tryptophan, which was not determined); highlighting the content of valine (6.8%), histidine (8.3%), and lysine (7.5%). The functional properties of the proteins were also assessed, demonstrating huge potential for their use i...
surface response methodology