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The potential applications of cyanobacterial photosynthesis for clean technologies

Abstract

Natural photosynthesis may be adapted to advantage in the development of clean energy technologies. Efficient biocatalysts that can be used in solar energy conversion technologies are the cyanobacteria. Photobioreactors incorporating cyanobacteria have been used to demonstrate (a) the production of hydrogen gas, (b) the assimilation of CO2 with the production of algal biomass, (c) the excretion of ammonium, and (d) the removal of nitrate and phosphate from contaminated waters.

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Abbreviations

Chl:

chlorophyll

DW:

dry weight

MSX:

L-methionine-D-L-sulphoximine

PAR:

photosynthetically active radiation

PU:

polyurethane

PV:

polyvinyl

PVC:

polyvinylchloride

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Hall, D.O., Markov, S.A., Watanabe, Y. et al. The potential applications of cyanobacterial photosynthesis for clean technologies. Photosynth Res 46, 159–167 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00020426

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Key words

  • Anabaena-Azolla biofertiliser
  • biocoil photoreactors
  • co 2 mitigation
  • hydrogen photoproduction
  • immobilised cyanobacteria
  • water depollution