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Tank Design
Our 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.
Our custom LED spectrum is optimized for algae. Fanless LEDs and waterproof drivers deliver long life in harsh environments.
User Interface
With touchscreen controls, optimizing culture parameters is literally at your fingertips. Intuitively adjust critical parameters to effect growth. Proprietary software logs and graphs culture conditions in real-time, allowing users to maximize production.
pH Control
Using an integrated probe, our bioreactors constantly measure pH and automatically add carbon dioxide to maintain the desired pH. The pH can be easily changed at any time using the touchscreen controls, or remotely from and enabled device.
Each reactor has closed loop temperature control, and employs a 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 Sensor
Our 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 Filtration
All water entering our bioreactors passes through several levels of filtration. Water is prefiltered to 0.5µm, passed through a UV sterilizer, an absolute 0.2µm filter, and finally through a 0.1µm absolute capsule filter. This staged filtration ensures that water enters the bioreactor without contaminants.
The bioreactors can automatically harvest semi-continuously, continuously or on a programmed schedule. They automatically refill from harvest with the desired volume of fresh media. At any point samples can be taken for analysis, or the entire reactor can be harvested as a batch.
Our 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 & Sterilizing
Industrial Plankton's bioreactors are built with biosecurity in mind, using triclamp plumbing, autoclavable tubing, and a simple to use, built in cleaning system. Cleaning is done in stages, first a detergent spray cycle is used to remove biofilms, then a bleach spray cycle to sterilize.
Inoculation 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 Control
Programmable 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 & Install
Your algae equipment ships directly from our facility. Uncrate and set it up in less than 4 hours
algae reactor
2. Inoculation
Inoculate with a small volume of clean algae using biosecure disconnects
Algae bioreactor
5. Clean
Run the clean-in-place (CIP) system to clean the reactor before repeating inoculation
3. Scale Up
Add nutrients and water automatically, while temperature and pH are constantly regulated to optimize algae growth
Algae reactor
4. Harvest
The PBR automatically harvests continuously for months, or the entire batch can be harvested at any time
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