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On the economics of Spirulina production in Chile with details on drag-board mixing in shallow ponds

  • G. Valderrama
  • A. Cárdenas
  • A. Markovits
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 41)

Abstract

The northern coastal zones of Chile are ideally suited for mass cultivation of microalgae due to the availability of flat land, clear sky during the entire year, and stable weather conditions. Therefore an economic analysis has been carried out on a Spirulina production facility located 600 km north of Santiago. The site selected is close to the ocean and to the outlet of the Huasco River whose flow rate is 2 m3 • s-1. The lowest winter temperature there is 11°C and the highest summer temperature is 26°C. Rainfall is practically nonexistent in the zone.

Key words

Spirulina cultivation drag-board production economics 

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References

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© Dr W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Valderrama
    • 1
  • A. Cárdenas
    • 1
  • A. Markovits
    • 1
  1. 1.Escuela de Ingeniería BioquímicaUniversidad Católica de ValparaísoValparaísoChile

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