Innovations

Ecoduna putting wraps on Phobior algae project

October 27, 2013
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Ecoduna’s “hanging garden” photobioreactors developed in the Phobior project

Ecoduna’s “hanging garden” photobioreactors developed in the Phobior project

The Austrian company ecoduna has been working with €1.1 million in EU funding on a project designated Phobior to develop an innovative photobioreactor for the production of microalgae with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. The Phobior project is due to end this month and ecoduna is currently working with partner Energiepark Bruck to upscale the prototype to production scale.

Phobior’s goal was to demonstrate that ecoduna’s technology could guarantee a constant supply of algae under ideal light conditions and with the ideal nutrient composition for the production of omega-3 for human nutrition. Phiobor’s sustainable solution could provide an alternative to producing omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and take the pressure off dwindling fish stocks, according to ecoduna.

The Phobior team foresees research continuing beyond the end of the project. “We aim to increase automation of the process and we’re learning more about the behavior of different algae strains every day,” says ecoduna’s sales manager David Bernhard. “This learning curve has led directly to the software we are developing.”

Ecoduna’s photobioreactor technology uses a patented rotating “hanging gardens” design which tracks the movement of the sun to ensure optimal light exposure. This design feature dilutes the light, ensuring light exposure will never be too high for ideal growth. Algae are positioned in the sunlight at a very flat angle.

The system also ensures a total absorption of CO2 by the algae. No carbon dioxide can escape and all the energy needed for integration is used by the system, reducing running costs.

Phobior’s photo-bioreactor demo plant, the first of its kind, was opened in October 2012 at the Energiepark Bruck an der Leitha in Austria. Ecoduna predicts that the success of the Phobior production unit will spur the construction and sale of hundreds of units in coming years. “The hanging gardens and the algae oil containing omega-3 represent our main products,” says Bernhard. “With the diluted light and the continuous process in our hanging gardens’ photobioreactor technology, we have invented the perfect environment for microalgae to grow.”

The company is also participating in a Danish research project that uses microalgae produced in a photobioreactor to clean industrial wastewater. “In the long run, after further technology improvements and cost reductions, we can also contribute towards using algae oil for energy, bioplastics, and water treatment,” said Bernhard.

— CORDIS news

More Like This…

HOME Algae Industry Jobs

Copyright ©2010-2013 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
Brian Krassenstein, writing in 3Dprint.com, goes deeper into the recent paper in Engineering in Life Sciences journal discussing the impact 3D bioprinting will have in th...
None of us would be alive if sperm cells didn’t know how to swim, or if the cilia in our lungs couldn’t prevent fluid buildup. But we know very little about the dynamics ...
Simris Alg, a pioneering agribusiness producing omega-3 from farmed algae, has been declared one of Sweden’s 33 hottest companies in new technology. The renowned list is ...
Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian that, in the process of surfacing a road, layers of asphalt – which is composed mostly of bitumen (a byproduct of crude oil distilla...
The fully automated plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, was designed to produce microalgae at industrial scale. ...
Earthrise Nutritionals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo, Japan’s DIC Corporation, is on schedule to complete construction in August, 2015, of a new extraction plant fo...
Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe...
In Japan, the Algae Biomass Energy System Development Research Center, headed by Professor Makoto Watanabe, was established at the University of Tsukuba on July 1. The ne...
You know algae are a great food source for you. But what are the best ways to eat it? Jami Foss writes in shape.com about 10 ways to eat algae that are common, healthy an...
Melissae Fellet reports in Chemical & Engineering News that new materials containing ultraviolet-absorbing molecules found in algae and reef-fish mucus could serve as...
Using a newly devised technique, researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) have examined microalgae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and...
Jessie Rack reports for NPR that demand for plant protein of all types is growing in concert with the growing interest in the U.S. to reduce meat consumption. People, fro...
The demand for spirulina as a natural food colorant is robust in the North America food processing industry, according to a new study by market intelligence firm Future M...
Currently made most often from petroleum and natural gas, ethylene is used in the manufacture of plastics and polyester, and ranks as the largest petrochemical produced b...
Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the biggest costs in cultivating algae for biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis...