Conceptual design of a flexible photobioreactor to microalgae culture and production of high value compounds
Emissions of CO2 have profound effects on the global climate, demonstrating the importance of carbon capturing and sequestering (CCS) to limit its release and other GHG (greenhouse gases) into the atmosphere. Current methods for CCS are either relatively costly or use so much energy that the mitigation benefits become marginal. Microalgal have the ability to fix CO2 using solar energy with highest efficiency and also to use other GHG as nutrients. However, a number of crucial research gaps remain that must be overcome to achieve full-scale operation including optimization of existing photobioreactors (PBR).
The FLEXIPHO project aims to design a flexible PBR, optimized for microalgale culture, to capture GHG in areas of low solar irradiance. The final outcome will be a new bioreactor sustainable and flexible, and microalgal biomass (Nannochloropsis gaditana and Haematococcus pluvialis) convertible into useful industrial products (omega-3 fatty acid and astaxanthin, respectively), creating economical revenues and bringing added value to the CCS process. The partnership will result in a flow of technological knowledge and experiences, to achieve the results proposed.
- Project promoter: Estudios e Ingeniería Aplicada XXI, S. A. (E.I.A. XXI)
- Project partner: GAIKER-IK4
- Project approved by CDTI and cofounded by EEA (European Economic Area) Grants
- Reference: IDI-20140847
- Project duration: 17 months (2014.08.01 – 2015.12.31)