Tank DesignOur patented tank design significantly increases the volume that is sufficiently lit for algal growth. This allows cultures to grow even denser before light becomes limiting.
LEDsOur custom LED spectrum is optimized for algae. Fanless LEDs and waterproof drivers deliver long life in harsh environments.
User InterfaceWith the touchscreen controls, optimizing the culture parameters is literally at your fingertips. Intuitively adjust critical parameters to effect growth. The proprietary software logs and graphs culture conditions in real-time which allows users to maximize production from their bioreactor.
pH ControlUsing an integrated prob, our bioreactors constantly measure pH and add Carbon dioxide as it is requested to maintain optimal levels for production. The pH can be changed at any time using the intuitive user interface on the touchscreen or remotely from and enabled device.
TemperatureEach reactor has closed loop temperature control, and employs a custom heat exchanger and temperature control unit to heat or cool your culture to maintain your desired culture temperature. This provides the freedom to grow temperate, tropical or even some polar species in our PBRs.
Density SensorOur proprietary density sensor gives operators insight into what is happening with algae inside the photobioreactor. It allows users to manipulate vital parameters and see responses in real-time, allowing for more productive and reliable algae cultures that last longer.
Media FiltrationAll water entering our bioreactors passes through several levels of filtration. Water is prefiltered down to 0.5µm, then passed through a UV sterilizer, then to an absolute 0.2µm filter then finally through a 0.1µm absolute capsule filter. This staged filtration ensures that water enters the bioreactor, without contaminants.
HarvestThe bioreactors can automatically harvest semi-continuously, continuously or at any time. It can be manually harvested in batch or to take samples for analysis. The bioreactor will automatically refill from harvest with the desired volume of fresh media.
CirculationOur custom bubble distribution system allows for excellent gas exchange and water motion, while being gentle enough to avoid cell damage from shear stress. The aeration moves algae between brightly lit and cell shaded areas at a rate that ensures the cells have optimal illumination.
Cleaning & SterilizingIndustrial Plankton's bioreactors are built with biosecurity in mind, using triclamp plumbing, autoclavable tubing, a crevice free tank design, and a simple to use, built in self cleaning system. Cleaning is done in several stages, first a detergent spray cycle is used to remove biofilms, then a bleach spray cycle to sterilize.
InoculationInoculation is simple, just hook up an inoculant carboy or flask to the machine's harvest peristaltic pump, then use the software to draw the culture into the bioreactor without ever coming in contact with the outside world, ensuring that the only thing growing inside is what you deliberately put in.
PLC Based ControlProgrammable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are used throughout the world to automate mission critical industrial processed. Our PLCs deliver consistent reliable control, ensuring all vital parameters are constantly controlled, monitored, and logged.
How it Works
1. Order & InstallYour algae equipment ships within 8 weeks. Uncrate and set up in less than 4 hours
2. InnoculationInoculate with a small volume of clean algae using biosecure disconnects
5. CleanRun the clean-in-place (CIP) system to clean the reactor before repeating inoculation
3. Scale UpAdd nutrients and water automatically, while temperature and pH are constantly regulated to optimize algae growth
4. HarvestThe PBR automatically harvests continuously for months, or the entire batch can be harvested at any time