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Novel algae-based solution for CO2 capture and biomass production (ALGADISK)
Start date: Jan 1, 2012, End date: Dec 31, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of the ALGADISK project is to develop a modular, scalable, and automatic biofilmreactor for Algae biomass production, with low operational and installation costs. Thereactor will be designed to capture CO2 from industrial emissions to produce high valueorganic products. In this system, algae will be grown both in an aqueous environment andon biocompatible surfaces, allowing for CO2 absorption from either the gas or liquidphase. This method will dramatically increase the efficiency of the reactor, and decreasewater requirements. Automatic and continuous harvesting of algae will be designed tooptimize CO2 uptake and biomass production. Adjusting the scale of the system will betrivial, as ALGADISK will have a modular design, and the installation’s footprint will beconsiderably reduced compared to technologies currently on the market. Design softwarewill be provided which, based on user input, will suggest installation parameters, performa cost/benefit analysis to calculate economic feasibility, and make predictions concerningthe environmental sustainability of the system. The proposed system will be specificallycrafted to meet the needs of European SMEs who are willing to produce algae biomassproducts from industrial emissions.

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