Microalgae (Chlorella sorokiniana UTEX 1230) was cultivated in a pilot-scale outdoor system of four 100 L raceway ponds, using diluted ultrafiltered food waste digestate. The system was operated for 400 days using a repeated-batch strategy in Davis, CA with extensive water recycling. Supernatant liquid from FeCl3-assisted algae harvesting was recycled successively five times and resulted in little impact on algae growth, eliminated liquid non-product discharge and freshwater inputs, and decreased coagulant loading requirements for algae harvest. High removals (>70 %) of ammoniacal-N were achieved but water recycling resulted in ion accumulation within the bioreactors. The maximum average algae production was 122 ± 61 g VS m−2 with a maximum average productivity of 17.7 ± 1.8 mg VS L−1 d−1. The results indicate promise for the application of microalgae cultivation on anaerobic digestate and demonstrate an operating strategy with reduced freshwater inputs and water discharge.
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Support for this work was provided by the California Energy Commission ( ARV-15-008 ) and University of California, Davis .
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- Algae harvesting
- Chlorella sorokiniana
- Microalgae cultivation
- Water recycling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Waste Management and Disposal