For energy production, microalgae are one of the few alternatives with high potential. Similar to plants, algae require energy acquired from light sources to grow. This project uses calculus to determine the light intensity inside of a photobioreactor filled with algae. Under preset conditions along with estimated values, we applied Lambert-Beer's law to formulate an equation to calculate how much light intensity escapes a photobioreactor and determine the average light intensity that was present inside the reactor.
"Average Light Intensity Inside a Photobioreactor,"
Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two:
1, Article 9.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/2326-36188.8.131.52 Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ujmm/vol4/iss1/9
Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Daniel Yeh, Civil & Environmental Engineering