UFS Spring 2015 Results

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UFS-6 Experiment (Mar - Jun 2015)

Goal

The sixth Unified Field Study (UFS-6) was peformed from March to June 2015.

The overall objective of the UFS is to generate a robust inter-testbed dataset in algal biomass and lipid productivity and yield for Nannochloropsis oceanica KA32 and Chlorella vulgaris LRB-AZ-1201 as a function of different regional and environmental conditions among sites by controlling non-geographical-related variables including production systems, production processes, and protocols. The UFS-6 Experiment consisted of two parts. First, a direct comparison of two dilution rates (0.11 and 0.214 per day) with Chlorella vulgaris LRB-AZ-1201 was performed followed by experimentation on optimal nitrogen sources for Nannochloropsis oceanica KA32.

A total of 6 x 1,000 L (nominal volume at 25 cm depth) identical raceway pond simulators, paddle wheels, and data logging (e.g., YSI 5200 monitoring and control system with probes for pH, temperature, oxidative reduction potential (ORP), dissolved oxygen (DO), conductivity/salinity, and a PAR sensor connected to one YSI unit) have been installed at each site. The six ponds allow experiments to be conducted in triplicate for up to two experimental variables in a simultaneous, randomized design. In addition to the outdoor cultivation system harmonization, we have installed at each site an identical system for cultivation of indoor seed culture. This coupled with consistent cultivation management will allow for uniform production of starting culture across the sites in terms of quality and volume of seed available.

The Chlorella vulgaris LRB-AZ-1201 experiment was initiated on March 12, 2015. For all data generated in this experiment, the ExperimentID is MAR122015.The Nannochloropsis oceanica KA32 experiment was initiated on May 5, 2015. For all data generated in this experiment, the ExperimentID is MAY052015.

Experimental Protocol

Here is the experimental protocol used to conduct these runs. NOTE - UFS-6 was originally referred to as "UFS Spring 2015". There are several references to this earlier name in the protocol.

ATP3 Spring 2105 UFS Protocol.pdf

Pond Operational Data

Click here for the complete operational data for each pond at each site for each algal species. These data include the measured pond depth (cm), pH, salinity, pond water temperature (C), nitrogen concentration (ppm as N), phosphorus concentration (ppm as P), N:P ratio (molar), the sample ID and tracking ID of a physical sample (if taken), the algae concentration (g/L) as dry weight and ash-free dry weight (AFDW), the ash content of the algal biomass (%), and the optical density at 750nm (OD750). Not all data are available for all sites and ponds.

Instrumentation Data

Click here for the complete and daily-averaged instrumentation data for each pond at each site for each algal strain. These data include the pH, oxidation-reduction potention (ORP, mv), pond water temperature (C), pond conductivity (ms.cm), dissolved oxygen concentration (DO, mg/L), dissolved oxygen saturation (%), salinity (g/L), and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR, umol/m2/s). The PAR sensor was connected to only one of the ponds. Not all data are available for all sites and ponds.

Weather Data

Click here for the complete and daily-averaged weather data for each site for each algal strain. These data include air temperature (C), relative humidity (%RH), Global Light Intensity (W/m2/s), daily precipitation (cm), wind speed (km/hr), and wind direction (degrees). Not all data are available for all sites.

Summary Harvest Data

Click here for the complete harvest data for each pond at each site. These data include date, strain, batch and source ID, pond treatment and depth (cm). The harvest data includes harvest number and time between harvests, harvest volume (L), amount (g), ash-free dry weight (AFDW; g/L) at the time of harvest, and an indication of a pond crash.


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