Industrial Plankton Algae Bioreactor

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Industrial Plankton Algae Bioreactor
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Industrial Plankton Algae Bioreactors are a turn-key solution for aquaculture hatcheries, research, and biotech. Through automation, these bioreactors eliminate the majority of repetitive tasks involved in culturing algae. The equipment can be automatically cleaned and sterilized before inoculation by simply pressing a button on the touchscreen. The sealed chamber, when seeded with 20 litres of algae, is capable of growing up to 1,000 litres of pure culture in 7–10 days, while continuously monitoring algae growth using a built in sensor.

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Industrial Plankton Algae Bioreactors are a turn-key solution for aquaculture hatcheries, research, and biotech. Through automation, these bioreactors eliminate the majority of repetitive tasks involved in culturing algae. The equipment can be automatically cleaned and sterilized before inoculation by simply pressing a button on the touchscreen. The sealed chamber, when seeded with 20 litres of algae, is capable of growing up to 1,000 litres of pure culture in 7–10 days, while continuously monitoring algae growth using a built in sensor. The machine also self-harvests and replaces the harvested water with new water and nutrients, which are filtered and sterilized at the point of entry. The equipment greatly simplifies the complex and time consuming task of algae culture, while also increasing production reliability and biosecurity. Requires fresh or saltwater inlet line.

AQUACULTURE APPLICATIONS—Model IP-PBR-1000L uses real time monitoring, user friendly control system, and data logging, letting hatcheries focus on their livestock, and not their algae. Problems with algae production are often the causes of low or unreliable hatchery yields. This unreliability and high production costs of microalgae are limiting factors to the success of many hatcheries. Despite efforts over the past decade to develop costeffective artificial diets to supplement live microalgae, on-site live microalgal production remains a critical element in the operation of most successful marine hatcheries.

RESEARCH APPLICATIONS—Model IP-PBR-75L combines cutting edge technology with meaningful production volume, simplifying production of live algae in universities, public aquariums, and industrial research. Researchers can see their culture parameters graphed continuously in real time, and sterilize the reactor between experiments with the push of a button – all in a fully automated closed system, featuring closed loop pH control, integrated heating/chilling, and remote access capabilities. The algae produced is ideal for feeding zooplankton and larval marine animals.

PRODUCTION MODES—Practically all species of freshwater and saltwater algae commonly used in aquaculture can be grown in the reactors. They can be operated in batch mode, or continuously using an automated top and drop, which harvests then replaces a portion of the culture each time the cell density exceeds a user setpoint.

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Features:

TANK—The star shaped, corrugated tank doubles the surface area exposed to light, so cultures grow denser before cell shading limits growth. The tank bottom is sloped to facilitate circulation and drainage.

LIGHTS—LED and T5 grow lights provide bright, evenly spaced light across the tank surface, providing maximum light without photo inhibition. To prevent photo inhibition during scale up, the bioreactor checks the culture density and only turns on lights as they are needed, based on user controlled setpoints. The brightness can also be controlled, allowing algae with a variety of light requirements to be cultured.

CLEANING & STERILIZING—If you want to restart the culture it’s a simple process. The tank is drained through the bottom, then pressure washed and sterilized by pushing a button.

INOCULATION—The bioreactor starts by adding water and nutrients, then adjusts temperature and light levels. Inoculation is simple, just hook up a carboy or flask to the machine’s inoculation port, then use the onboard air supply to push the culture from the carboy into the bioreactor.

SCALE-UP—To increase biosecurity the culture is scaled up gradually over the course of days, automatically adding water and nutrients whenever a set culture density is reached. (patent pending)

HARVEST—A portion of the culture is harvested multiple times each day, then automatically replaced with new water & nutrients. Small frequent harvests increase the overall yield, and make the algae’s nutrient profile more predictable. The whole tank can also be harvested with the push of a button.

BIOSECURITY—Incoming water is slowly passed through a UV filter after being pre-filtered using a nominal micron filter. Nutrients are then added to the water and passed through 2 additional stages of absolute micron filtration, down to 0.1um. Air and CO2 entering and leaving the tank are also passed through 0.1um filters. Harvesting is done automatically using a biosecure pinch valve.

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Touchscreen

 

A user friendly touchscreen interface lets you control the culture parameters and fine tune the operation for different species and situations. User controlled setpoints control parameters such as temperature, CO2 injection, harvesting cell density, light levels, etc. In addition to automated controls the machine can be controlled manually, making it easy to harvest, or add water or nutrients at any point.


Touchscreen

 

Culture parameters are logged and graphed in realtime on the touchscreen, making it easier to maintain a culture in exponential growth for continuous culture, or decide when a batch is ready for harvest. The controls, including these graphs, can be accessed remotely from a personal computer.


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