The seven most important decision parameters for choosing the right photobioreactor [Free Fact Sheet]
Deciding on a certain algae culture process and therefore a particular photobioreactor design is anything but trivial. Some systems allow a cost effective entry into algae cultivation, however in industrial operations they are not as economical as expected. Other systems appear convincing at first with their seemingly uncomplicated design, but then disappoint in production due to unreliability and poorer quality of the breeding results.
When deciding on a particular type of PBR, it is important to keep in mind the main factors that influence the success of algae cultivation in an individual situation.
To help you gain a quick overview of what you need to pay attention to when planning a PBR, we have compiled a free fact sheet for you. There you will find the seven most important factors that influence the decision for or against a certain type of PBR system:
- Type of algae
The suitability of a particular PBR type depends on the production objective you are pursuing in your algae cultivation. After all, different algae have different requirements and cultivation conditions.
- Space requirement and water consumption
Two important limiting factors for photobioreactor design and scaling are space requirements and water consumption. Photobioreactor systems differ considerably in some cases. This is reflected both in the cost and flexibility of the various systems.
- Geographical location of the photobioreactor
The geographical location of algae cultivation also influences your choice of a suitable PBR. Climate is the most important aspect.
- Quality of biomass
Different cultivation methods produce different biomass quality. For the selection of a PBR system, it is also important what level of biomass quality and reliability one needs to produce.
- Photobioreactor productivity
The most significant measure of PBR productivity is areal productivity. How much biomass can you produce in a certain piece of land in a certain time? PBR types differ quite clearly in some cases due to their designs.
- Predictability of production
Industrial algae production usually means being part of a longer supply chain. This makes it very important to have cultivation processes that are as stable as possible. Only then can production be planned reliably and delivered to customers in accordance with off-take agreements. Depending on how stable an algae production has to be, certain breeding methods are not possible.
- Production costs and total cost of ownership
No matter what, the most important question when choosing a PBR is: What does it cost to produce a certain amount of biomass? What share of the costs is determined by the type of PBR that is chosen? To calculate the cost of producing a certain amount of biomass the total cost of the PBR must be compared to the total production during the system’s depreciation period. The different PBR types usually differ considerably.
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