Development of a continuous flow ultrasonic harvesting system for microalgae
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Microalgae have vast potential as a sustainable source of biofuel. However, numerous technoeconomic analyses have indicated that microalgae harvesting represents a critical bottleneck in the microalgae value chain in terms of energy requirements, capital cost and operating cost. This dissertation presents an approach that uses a combination of acoustophoretic, fluid mechanical, and gravitational forces toward the development of a continuous flow microalgae harvesting system. Ultrasonic Standing Waves have been widely reported in the literature as an approach to manipulate particles in a fluid, ...