Model-based assessment of algal ponds for biomass production under temperate climates

Mohammed K. Mohammed, Aidong Yang, Adel Sharif

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Abstract

Computer modelling of open ponds for producing algal biomass in wastewater was utilised to evaluate the potential of such algal ponds in a temperate climate. Simulations were performed with the solar radiation and temperature regime of a UK location representing temperate regions, in comparison with a Qatar location representing hot regions. Simulation results indicated low cold season performance at the UK location although a peak of algal biomass production in the summer was observed. In contrast, the Qatar location was shown to have consistently high biomass productivity all year round. Further simulations suggested that the enhancement of light supply is very likely more effective than increasing temperature for improving the algal pond productivity in a temperate climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)870-874
Number of pages5
JournalComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Algal pond
  • Biomass yield
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Temperate climate

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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Model-based assessment of algal ponds for biomass production under temperate climates. / Mohammed, Mohammed K.; Yang, Aidong; Sharif, Adel.

In: Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, Vol. 31, 07.08.2012, p. 870-874.

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