SAFL’s indoor and outdoor flumes host a variety of research projects designed to further understand energy generation from biological sources. Examining the role of physical environmental factors such as turbulence in the productivity of algae can lead to greater energy production.
Physical and computational model studies of algal biofuel and human nutrition production – Integrating fundamental genetic research with applied engineering research, SAFL researchers are exploring the unicellular green alga’s production potential from the laboratory scale to the field scale. A major component of the research is to analyze the growth characteristics and kinetics of Dunaliella under different environmental conditions. We are testing multiple types of algae to optimize biomass accrual, production of lipids, and production of omega-3 nutrition supplements under varying fluid strain rates, water temperatures, and nutrient conditions.