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Temperature Based Mass Flow Rate Sensor for Algae Photobioreactors

Researchers from Brazil performed an experiment to improve the use of photobioreactors, for continuous growth, by developing minimally invasive mass flow rate sensor that can be used as an alternative to ultrasonic sensors. A mathematical model was developed that allows for the determination of system temperature distribution. The mathematical model was implemented in the Fortran […]

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Algae.Tec Delivers PBR to Reliance’s Jamnagar Oil Refinery

Algae.Tec has shipped its first algae photobioreactor to Reliance’s Jamnagar Oil Refinery as part of its contract with Reliance Industries to build an 84-gallon-per-day pilot plant at the oil refinery. The photobioreactor will help in the production of algae by using CO2 from the refinery. The algae in turn will be used for the production of […]

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[ More ] May 6th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Photobioreactor, Photobioreactors |

SCHOTT’s New Oval Glass Tubes to Increase Algal Output

SCHOTT, in partnership with Heliae, has announced that its new oval glass tubes for photobioreactors increases the dry biomass output by more than 22%. An indoor study was conducted by replacing round glass tubes with oval tubes in Heliae’s Helix Seed PBR. The study showed that oval tubes increase the overall output of algae by […]

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Mixotrophic Production of Microalgae in Pilot-Scale Photobioreactors

Researchers from Canada have conducted an experiment to find the practicability of mixotrophic production of microalgae in pilot scale photobioreactors.  The study was conducted with Scenedesmus obliquus, a species which has the ability to assimilate a wide variety of carbon sources. Initially autotrophic experiments were conducted to obtain behaviour and then mixotrophic experiments were conducted. The results […]

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Control of CO2 Input Conditions During Outdoor Culture of Chlorella Vulgaris in Bubble Column Photobioreactors

Scientists from Singapore conducted a study to optimize the CO2 usage during outdoor microalgae cultivation in order to increase the CO2 to biomass conversion efficiency. Different  CO2 input conditions were studied. A 2% CO2 with intermittent supply did not affect the algal growth as compared to having a continuous supply of 2% CO2. During both […]

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Wavelength-selective Plasmonics for Enhanced Cultivation of Microalgae

Scientists from Canada have conducted an experiment to increase the growth rate of microalgae in photobioreactors using plasmonic substrate. Modular photobioreactors were constructed with different reflective substrates including arrays of plasmonic nanodisks, broadband reflectors, and untreated glass. The results showed that the growth rate of microalgae increased greatly when grown in photobioreactors equipped with the […]

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DIRECT TO ETHANOL®- Algenol’s New Photobioreactor

Algenol, headquartered in Florida, U.S., is one of the hottest companies in the biofuel sector. They utilize engineered strains of cyanobacteria to obtain improved ethanol production.   The company has developed plastic film photobioreactor (PBR), DIRECT TO ETHANOL®, which makes production and collection easier. The PBR is constructed with plastic, enhanced with resins. Various performance metrics […]

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[ More ] August 18th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Ethanol, Algae-Fuel, Algae-Photobioreactor, Biofuel |

Cawthron’s New Technology Photobioreactor- A Boon to Blue Biotech Sector

A highly sophisticated, multi-vessel photobioreactor (PBR) is developed by the scientists at Cawthron Institute, New Zealand to improve the production of algae products. The Cawthron scientists developed the PBR in response to their industry partner’s needs to optimize the growth conditions of algae species. Further, the scientists are interested in developing the photobioreactor for the […]

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Algae.Tec’s First Commercial Photobioreactor Shipped to Australia

Algae.Tec (http://algaetec.com.au/about/) is an advanced biofuels company focused on commercializing technology that produces algae to manufacture sustainable fuels such as bio diesel and green jet fuel. The photo-bioreactor module  desgined by the engineering divison of Algae.Tec has been shipped from their Algae Development and Manufacturing Centre in Atlanta, an has been shipped to the Australia. […]

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[ More ] November 28th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Algae, Algae-Photobioreactor |

Algae.Tec’s Photobioreactors Headed for Australia

Algae.Tec has successfully shipped its first Photobioreactor from its Algae Development and Manufacturing Center  in Georgia, USA to Nowra, Australia. The photobioreactors would capture carbon dioxide waste from power stations and feed it to the algae system. The company plans to continue production till the mid of 2012 and aims to ship about four more […]

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[ More ] November 25th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Algae, Algae-Photobioreactor |

Materials Used in Building Closed Photobioreactors

Building photobioreactors using low cost materials is still a challenge. Efforts are being pursued by various universities and companies in this area to make cheap PBR’s Here is an excerpt  from the Algae Fuels Community @ CleanTick on the various low cost  materials that can be used for building low cost PBR’s #1 – PolyVinyl […]

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[ More ] August 4th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Fuel-Research, Algae-Photobioreactor |

Algae Fuels Community @ CleanTick – One-stop Destination for All about Algae Fuels!

CleanTick is an online cleantech community from the promoters of Oilgae. Cleantick has  recently launched  an online algae fuels community which aims to bring about all the algae fuel professionals, researchers and enthusiasts at one place for focussed discussions, and interactions on  specific topics pertaining to algae fuels. Algae Fuels Community @ CleanTick provides you […]

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New Low Cost, Space Saving Bioreactor , that can Double as a PBR, with Efficient and User-Friendly Interfaces for Control Over the Photosynthetic Parameters like Lighting, Motion, pH Value, and Temperature, Launched

Now, it’s possible to get an all-in-one controlled bioreactor in half the price of a traditional bioreactor! Got excited? Cole-Parmer, a supplier of laboratory and industrial fluid handling products, instrumentation, and equipments has introduced a new bioreactor named IKA BR 10 Bioreactor. The bioreactor is best suited for the cultivation of photosynthetic organisms like algae, […]

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[ More ] June 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Photobioreactor |

A Novel Photobioreactor for Algae Cultivation

This is to give a brief account on a patent which I recently came across. Though photobioreactors provide much more advantages over open cultivation systems, still more work has to be done in making them cost effective to set up and to operate than conventional pipe reactors and which give high algae yields. This invention […]

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[ More ] May 9th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Photobioreactor |

Algae Biofuel Production Scales up in Iowa

Green Plains Renewable Energy and CLARCOR have announced that their joint venture, BioProcess Algae, has now completed construction of Phase II of its commercial scale Grower Harvester bioreactors in Shenandoah, Iowa. The focus is on efficiently and effectively growing and harvesting algae with little to no manual intervention, all while utilizing the carbon dioxide from the ethanol […]

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[ More ] February 18th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Photobioreactor |

Photobioreactors Cost Reduction Strategies

Narsi- the co-founder of Oilgae says – “Algae fuels are costly – so tell me something that I don’t know!” Narsi in this article ( also sent as a newsletter) has given some useful insights about the cost reduction strategies for the PBR’s. Hope you find it useful! As we all know, one of the […]

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[ More ] September 9th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Photobioreactor |

Photoautotrophic Cultivation- Open ponds Vs Photobioreactors.

Algae-cultivation on a whole faces several challenges. There are two methods of growing algae –  one is the photoautotrophic cultivation  and the other is the  heterotrophic cultivation. Photoautotrophic cultivation as the name suggests is cultivating algae in the presence of light – the light can be either freely available sunlight or artificially provided light.  Heterotrophic […]

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Closed System Algae Bioreactor – BioMarine Fuels, Inc. inventor’s SolarMagnatron

Florida-based BioMarine Fuels Inc. has recently filed a patent application on its new SolarMagnatron algae biomass production system. According to CEO and inventor, John D. Ericsson, “we believe this unique commercial technology break-though will grow energy-rich biomass at substantially elevated reproduction rates using 24/7/365 day natural and/or artificial sunlight plus electromagnetic energy which will turbo […]

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[ More ] June 11th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Photobioreactor |

Ternion Bio selects Harvel’s Unique UV Resistant Tubing to Build Algae Photobioreactors

You are at: Oilgae Blog. Ternion Bio Industries has selected EnviroKing™, a unique UV resistant clear PVC piping by Harvel® Plastics, Inc., as a key component in the manufacturer of its distinct, patent-pending photobioreactor system.  Ternion Bio’s advanced photobioreactor technology captures carbon dioxide emissions and processes them to serve as the catalyst for the growth […]

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[ More ] October 30th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Energy-Companies, Algae-Photobioreactor |

Green Plains Renewable Energy and BioProcessAlgae to Unveil Phase I Algae Project in Shenandoah, Iowa – Governor Chet Culver to Attend

You are at: Oilgae Blog. Press Release: Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. announces the unveiling of BioProcessAlgae, LLC’s Phase I photobioreactor pilot project. Green Plains is hosting the event at its Shenandoah, Iowa ethanol plant on October 14, 2009 in conjunction with the Iowa Power Fund Board meeting. BioProcessAlgae has completed the installation of Phase […]

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Laboratory Glass Apparatus sells Lab Scale Algae Photobioreactor

You are at: Oilgae Blog. California-based Laboratory Glass Apparatus Inc,  sells a laboratory scale algae photobioreactor. This 30 l Algae photobioreactor has three ten litre glass tubes each with its own light and temperature controlled environment. Each tube can provide independent environmental variables for different algae cultures. For more details see: http://www.mbesinc.com/ad2.html About the company […]

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[ More ] September 19th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Photobioreactor |

Algae-Covered Buildings Boost Biofuel Production

You are at: Oilgae Blog. A report recently released by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers suggests that sealed containers of algae photobioreactors could be integrated into the sides of buildings to produce biofuels and sequester carbon, adding a whole new meaning to the term ‘green building’. As the algae grows it sucks up CO2 from […]

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[ More ] September 15th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Cultivation, Algae-Photobioreactor |

Algae May Play Key Role on Vermont farms

You are at: Oilgae Blog. A pilot project is underway in Vermont. Testing whether algae along with milfoil, an invasive water weed, can generate energy on farms. This system builds on cow power- recycling even more of the waste to grow the algae. Mark Hoffman is busy growing the farm’s newest crop inside a small […]

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Biocentric Energy Negotiating Exclusive Manufacturing License for Photobioreactor

You are at: Oilgae Blog. Biocentric President Dennis Fisher announced that the company is in serious negotiations for the exclusive licensing of the closed loop photobioreactor system, with an Asian country. Mr. Fisher also indicated the exclusive licensing fee for the entire country was a significant amount and that a consummated contract is anticipated during […]

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[ More ] August 4th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Energy-Companies, Algae-Photobioreactor |

Algaepower Uses Cattle Waste to Grow Algae for Fuel

You are at: Oilgae Blog. The cow’s manure from the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport is used to produce power through the digester at the south side of the barns and some of the liquid manure has also been sent over to a mini greenhouse for growing algae. A company called algaepower is growing algae […]

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