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Modelling of hydrogen production in batch cultures of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus

Abstract : The photosynthetic bacterium, Rhodobacter capsulatus, produces hydrogen under nitrogen-limited, anaerobic, photosynthetic culture conditions, using various carbon substrates. In the present study, the relationship between light intensity and hydrogen production has been modelled in order to predict both the rate of hydrogen production and the amount of hydrogen produced at a given time during batch cultures of R. capsulatus.The experimental data were obtained by investigating the effect of different light intensities (6000-50,000 lux) on hydrogen-producing cultures of R. capsulatus grown in a batch photobioreactor, using lactate as carbon and hydrogen source. The rate of hydrogen production increased with increasing light intensity in a manner that was described by a static Baly model, modified to include the square of the light intensity. In agreement with previous studies, the kinetics of substrate utilization and growth of R. capsulatus was represented by the classical Monod or Michaelis-Menten model. When combined with a dynamic Leudekong-Piret model, the amount of hydrogen produced as a function of time was effectively predicted. These results will be useful for the automatization and control of bioprocesses for the photoproduction of hydrogen.
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Jamila Obeid, Jean-Pierre Magnin, Jean-Marie Flaus, Olivier Adrot, John C. Willison, et al.. Modelling of hydrogen production in batch cultures of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier, 2009, 34 (1), pp.180-185. ⟨10.1016/j.ijhydene.2008.09.081⟩. ⟨hal-00384857⟩



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