Autonomous photobioreactor to grow algae

An example of sensor integration for continuous process analysis

Spirulina is a micro-algae recognized for its nutritional qualities and it is consumed by sportsmen, vegetarians, elderly people and families who want a healthy and sustainable diet.

Microspir, a spin-off from Liege University, decided to develop and commercialize an auntonomous photobioreactor to enable individuals to grow and consume fresh spirulina every day at home.

This bioreactor, prototyped by Manetco's team, combines water pump for algea scavenging and air pump for both water mixing and CO2 supply to insure an optimal growth of the algae. It also includes a spectrophotometer to regulate the production process.

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