The Characterization of a Building-Integrated Microalgae Photobioreactor
This thesis uses an adaptive design methodology for the characterization of a building integrated microalgae photobioreactor (BIMP) system. As an integrated building component that mediates between the indoor and outdoor environments, the BIMP system is novel in that no similar applications of microalgal photobioreactor (PBR) technology are reported in the literature. As such, a preliminary analysis is needed of the BIMP system before prototyping, to understand performance issues, and to improve the fitness of the BIMP design itself. Here, the adaptive design methodology utilizes a literature review to describe the key principles and growth limiting factors in PBR systems, with a focus on light and temperature dynamics. This general analysis is followed by the specific analysis of each of light and temperature dynamics within the BIMP system, using mathematical modeling and simulation. These analyses are evaluated, and used in summary to suggest methods for improving the BIMP design.