Luca Giannelli

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This work aims to: (1) correlate photochemical activity and productivity, (2) characterize the flow pattern of culture layers and (3) determine a range of biomass densities for high productivity of the freshwater microalga Chlorella spp., grown outdoors in thin-layer cascade units. Biomass density, irradiance inside culture, pigment content and productivity(More)
In the present investigation, a detailed biochemical analysis of the high H₂ producer D1 protein mutant strain L159I-N230Y of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, carrying a double amino acid substitution, was made. The leucine residue L159 was replaced by isoleucine, and the N230 asparagine was replaced by tyrosine. The performance of this strain was compared to(More)
Relationships between light intensity and chlorophyll concentration on hydrogen production were investigated in a sulfur-deprived Chlamydomonas reinhardtii culture in a laboratory scale photobioreactor (PBR) equipped with two different stirring devices. In the first case, the culture was mixed using a conventional magnetic stir bar, while in the second it(More)
In the past decade, H₂ production using the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has been extensively studied under laboratory-scale photobioreactors, while information on outdoor cultures is still lacking. In this paper, the results of experiments conducted with sulfur-deprived cultures of C. reinhardtii carried out in a 50-L horizontal tubular(More)
The green alga Haematococcus pluvialis, which accumulates astaxanthin at an optimal temperature of 20°C, was cultivated under temperatures of 20°C, 23.5°C, 27°C, and 30.5°C, in order to assess the effects on algal metabolism during the growth phase. The culture growth rate declined with above-optimal increases in temperature, and the final maximum cell(More)
Biological hydrogen production is being evaluated for use as a fuel, since it is a promising substitute for carbonaceous fuels owing to its high conversion efficiency and high specific energy content. The basic advantages of biological hydrogen production over other "green" energy sources are that it does not compete for agricultural land use, and it does(More)
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