Algae can be produced either in open ponds or in closed bioreactors. The latter are believed to be more productive but a recent side-by-side comparison study has shown that there is virtually no difference in aerial productivity using the two systems (Paola Pedroni, personal communication). Since there is very little, if any, commercial production of A. platensis or A. maxima in closed bioreactors, the following discussion deals with open-pond systems only. A schematic diagram of a typical production system is given in Figure 1.3.
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