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Micro-algae photo-bioreactor absorbs 90% carbon dioxide 1

In this part of the world algae to oil research is not very new. Reporting is new. The journalists are not yet experienced. So, they write whatever they understand and am sure they will all improve pretty fast.Bear that in mind while reading it.

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Micro-algae (phytoplankton) photo-bio-reactor designed by Technology Application and Assessment Agency (BPPT) can absorb 90 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) from factory chimneys, researcher Nugroho Raharjo said in an exhibition of technology held by the agency here.

"The research showed, for instance, that of 100 ppm (part per million) of carbon producing, 90 ppm are received by micro-algae," the BPPT researcher said.
The photo-bioreactor, he said, is used to react to organism by using solar power. The organism applied in the study is Chlorella sp which employs CO2 to release oxygen (O2) in its photosynthesis.


BPPT has examined two kinds of photo-bio-reactors for two years, namely single tubular airlift photo-bio-reactor (STAP) in 2008, and multi-tubular airlift photo-bio-reactor (MTAP) in 2009 and 2010.
MTAP is able to absorb 1 gram of CO2 per liter of micro-algae culture medium per day, so that 105 liters of one unit of MTAP with seven cells (tubules) can absorb 105 gram of CO2 per day.

The micro-algae culture advantages in photo-bio-reactor process are remained sterile, production controlled, flexible for industry and land-saving.

"Industrial emission is injected to the photo-bioreactor which is placed in a factory`s emission disposal. It will take the carbon in, so that the CO2 in the atmosphere will be reduced," he added.

He also said that the emissions from chimneys will be aspirated by the compressor, then put in a container and distributed to photo-bio-reactor acrylic tubes for processing. The pipes can be expanded for big factories producing more emissions.

Micro-algae culture in photo-bioreactor, besides reducing emissions, also produced oxygen and micro-algae bio-mass.


Nugroho said the usage of micro-algae to clean CO2 is cheaper than conventional use of carbon cleaning, since it will need Rp50 million to create a photo-bioreactor prototype.

This photo-bioreactor has been used for the emission disposal of Indolacto dairy in Ciracas. ABC battery factory will also apply the photo-bioreactor, according to him.
Nugroho said BPPT will conduct other micro-algae research work to absorb methane produced by rubbish , which is 21 times more dangerous than CO2.
Sat October 02 2010 10:58:56 PM by Jacintha PBR  |  microalgae  |  BPPT  |  Nugroho 2366 views

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  • Oceanfront wrote:
    Sun October 03 2010 03:16:24 AM

    "...algae to oil research is not very new. Reporting is new. The journalists are not yet experienced. So, they write whatever they understand and am sure they will all improve pretty fast."

    You have a better attitude than me. In America too, the state of "science writing" is deplorable for various reasons. Scientists and innovators know this and it can be hard to get an interview with one.

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