Photobioreactor engineering and design

Photobioreactor pharsol

A photobioreactor supplies light and CO2 to microalgae and other phototrophic organisms and cells. Supplied with nutrients the algae grow and form a dense liquid. After the maximum cell count has been reached, the biomass is harvested by centrifuge or sieves.

We offer photobioreactors from the lab and up to production scale. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a high-end in-situ steam-sterilisable photobioreactor for R&D or a full-sized production photobioreactor for installation in greenhouses or outdoors.

The high-end glass tube application is great, because:

  • it enables optimal illumination of thin algae suspension layers,
  • 100% flat surfaces prevent immobilisation and biofouling while minimising pump energy consumption,
  • both best transmission rates and light-fastness,
  • the glass tube shelf life of at least 10 years, guaranteed, and
  • smaller investment than plastic or other tubing.

We offer different types of pre-designed photobioreactor systems, listed below. If you need consultation on which photobioreactor to get for your specific intentions, send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

xCubio phar

xCUBIO phar bubble

A photobioreactor system for high-end microalgae research.

  • Total volume approx. 5 litres
  • Glass tube approx. 9 m long with 20 mm diameter
  • LED-illumination – up to four separately-controlled wavelengths and multiple cycle regimes
  • Internal system vessel for CO2-feed, oxygen removal, tempering, sensor installation, and level control
  • Autoclavable circular system pump with magnet coupling for high flow rates, successfully tested with many algae strains
  • System devices with contact to algae, autoclavable in lab-autoclave after finished mounting and media filling

 

xCubio in-situ phar

Photobioreactor xCUBIO in situ phar totale 1600x1000 242

In-situ sterilisable photobioreactors.

  • Fully automatic sterilisation with steam
  • Working volume from 25 to 250 litres
  • All media contact devices are made from stainless steel
  • Accredited for GMO-cultivation
  • Possibility for qualification and validation
  • GMP- and FDA-compliant design
  • Cultivation even of the most sensitive microalgae species

 

Photobioreactor MEDUSA

Bioreactor medusa

In-situ sterilisable air lift photobioreactor.

  • Bubble column by airlift principle
  • Standardised working volumes 25, 50, and 100 litres
  • For microalgae, mosses, and plant cells with high sensitivity towards shearing stress
  • For extreme purity requirements
  • Fully in-situ-sterilisable with steam, steam generator available as an option
  • All media contact devices are made from high-value borosilicate glass
  • Controlled illumination with fluorescent tubes

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Photobioreactor R&D-Lab

Photobioreactor rd lab

Photobioreactors for microalgae cultivation in the lab.

  • Working volume from 25 up to 250 litres
  • High-value xCUBIO process automation with touch-screen and remote access
  • Artificial illumination with controlled sequences or natural light
  • Compact skid installation on a mobile steel frame
  • Pretested and ready for operation immediately
  • Interfaces: electrical supply, CO₂, freshwater, wastewater

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Pilot-scale photobioreactor

Pilot scale photobioreactor

Photobioreactors for a successful start into microalgae production.

  • Working volume from 1000 up to app. 8000 litres
  • Scaled process technology in modular, mobile construction, and flexible design
  • Simple and robust construction with high operational availability
  • Artificial illumination available as an option
  • Integrated supply of harvest system with separator available as an option
  • Inoculum production for scaled algae production systems
  • Production of test biomass for product development and marketing
  • Interfaces: suitable installation area, electrical supply, CO₂, freshwater, wastewater

If you are interested in setting up a pilot photobioreactor system, send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Production-scale photobioreactor

Production scale photobioreactor

Scaled microalgae production installations.

  • Working volume of singular photobioreactor modules of up to 100,000 litres
  • Industrial upstream and downstream technology
  • Algae cultivation in greenhouses or outdoors
  • Glass tubes with more than 10 years of guaranteed shelf life
  • Project-specific CAD-engineering in 2D and 3D
  • Installation with competent technical advice
  • Commissioning service and remote maintenance
  • Reliable and predictable production
  • Interfaces: suitable installation area or building, electrical supply, CO₂, freshwater, wastewater

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