A new strategy in photosynthetic hydrogen (photo-H2) production from green algae was developed based on theory and successfully demonstrated. The new strategy applied a spectral-selective photosystem I (PSI) activating/photosystem II (PSII) deactivating radiation (or PSI light) that would drive a steady flow of electrons in the electron transport chain for delivery to hydrogenase for photo-H2 production, but would reduce oxygen production through water photolysis below the respiratory oxygen consumption so that an anoxic condition would be maintained as required by hydrogenase. Implementing the strategy by using a PSI light (692nm peak, 680-700nm) on Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells resulted in relatively sustained photo-H2 production (total of 0.108mLH2mg-1Chl, exceeding 0.066mLH2mg-1Chl under white light). The strategy also proved successful and convenient in allowing cells to alternately switch between photo-H2 production and a recovery period by simply turning on or off the PSI light.
- Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
- Light emitting diodes (LEDs)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Waste Management and Disposal