I have filed a US Provisional Patent for on a new photobioreactor system that improves biomass yield of aquatic microalgae. Currently I am working on the regular patent (PCT) application. Looking for investors/ licensees for countries other than India.
Posted by Gopinath Nellikkattil under
A method to grow a synchronized short cell cycle aquatic microalgae using a large volume bioreactors and solar trackers to substantially improve biomass yield.
- Large volume vertical bioreactors that provide alternate dark and light regimens for an algae colony.
- Each bioreactor represents a complete cell cycle.
- Improved surface to volume ratio to improve light exposure.
- Solar trackers track sunlight to bioreactors to overcome mutual shading of bioreactors.
- Night time artificial lighting for round-the-clock photosynthesis.
- Short cell cycle algae complete multiple cell divisions per day. The colony synchronized to improve yield.
- Media temperature manipulated in relation to incident light to achieve exponential growth.
- Increased control on growth environment to overcome adverse climatic conditions.
- Improved Carbon dioxide utilization. Respiratory carbon dioxide recycled to reduce system footprint.
- Gravitational media transport to reduce energy input.
- Improved water management- evaporative water recycled.
- Dissolved gases better managed. Photosynthetic oxygen can be recovered for commercial use.
- Better control on nutrients and pH
- Successfully addresses downward settlement of cells and adherence to bioreactor walls; Fouling and culture collapse; Photo-inhibition; and predators. contamination & pathogens.
- The system is highly scalable and replicable.