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The design of PBR must have the following parameters.

1. Larger surface area to grow.
2. Closed PBR to prevent contamination
3. Proper supply of co2
4. Enough nutrients for algae
5. Ph regulation
6. Temperature maintenance
7. Even sunlight
8. Horizontal design
9. polyethylene bags
10.Automated flow system

The closed PBR has many advantages than open PBR.

1.Less contamination in closed PBR
2.Monoculture cultivation
3.Ph, temperature & co2 are maintained easily
4.Prevents water evaporation
5.lower carbon dioxide losses
6.Higher cell concentration
7.Less water supply
Tue May 04 2010 09:34:28 AM by Kumar Photo Bio Reactor 1573 views

Comments - 10

  • Tue May 04 2010 08:32:32 PM

    You are right, but the way to go is artificial light. Can be viewed on my website www.algalsolution.com

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Wed May 05 2010 05:02:28 AM

    Nice article Kumar.
    Am impressed with your profile.
    We are seemingly on the same page.
    I know nothing about PBRs. But i think there is a terrific opportunity to manufacture and sell in India, Europe, usa and australia.
    What is the chepest pbr you can think of !!

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  • Mahesh wrote:
    Wed May 05 2010 05:06:15 AM

    Giving immunity to algae :) or to the culture medium??? to avoid contamination..........

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  • Alby wrote:
    Wed May 05 2010 10:02:57 AM

    The greatest advantage of using closed PBR's is that the incoming water can easily be sterilized. It follows that if the inoculum is axenic a monoculture is maintained.

    Regarding cost, a lot depends on what level of automation you desire.

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Thu May 06 2010 03:43:24 AM

    What do you guys think about the
    algaesolution.com
    pbrs ?

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  • Kumar wrote:
    Thu May 06 2010 04:55:15 AM

    algalsolution.com we can use artificial light. But, it again consumes cost. So i am preferring controlled sunlight.

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  • Kumar wrote:
    Thu May 06 2010 04:56:33 AM

    reply to manohar: We have to use Polyrthylene bags with customized designs and materials. This could be cheap and degradable.

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  • Kumar wrote:
    Thu May 06 2010 04:58:03 AM

    Reply for mahesh: The algae has to be genetically re-engineered. The it has high immunity, high lipid content etc.,

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  • Kumar wrote:
    Thu May 06 2010 05:05:38 AM

    algalsolution.com has nice pbrs. I wish them for their success. But they have to think again about the artificial light. Again i am insisting pls try to avoid vertical designs. Horizontal will provide you more yield than vertical designs. It is experimentally proved.

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  • Algaelee wrote:
    Fri November 04 2011 02:04:13 PM

    It has been about 1-1/2 years since the last posting about the horizontal PBR and low cost algae manufacturing. Has anyone drawn a conclusion on this? Is there now something new and improved? What is the latest and greatest?

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