Dean Tsoupeis, CEO (727.686.5291)
Culturing Solutions Launches First Algae Demonstration Plant in Florida
Simple, smart integrated technologies increase algae growth up to 300 percent by dissolving CO2 from flue gases into a liquid growing media. An efficient Algae oil lipid extraction Module is also open for demonstration.
(Tampa, FL) Putting together disparate and proprietary patent pending technologies and integrating them into an easy to operate platform for algae growth and harvesting are the hallmarks of Culturing Solutions new demonstration plant. The process has a complete end-to-end lipid separation process that is fed by photobioreactors. A digester that converts the algae into Ethanol will be onsite. This highly flexible design is both scalable and grows a variety of proprietary feedstocks that can be manipulated to produce green drop-in fuels like green diesel and biojet, biofuels, nutritional supplements, Nutraceutical, soap feedstock, Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and aquaculture. This allows the plants to be more responsive to market conditions than conventional algae growth technologies. Grand opening is set for November 17th, 2011.
What also distinguishes Culturing Solutions’ applications is their ability to dissolve carbon dioxide from industrial flue gasses directly into growing media for use in the Phyta-Platform or Phyta-Pond Photobioreactors for enhanced cultivation of algae. The dissolved CO2 absorption into liquid growing media, together with their new pump technology, which increases biomass exchange and concomitant photon exposure, is increasing algae growth a remarkable 300 percent.
Although this is Culturing Solutions’ first demonstration plant in Florida, their technologies are proven and being used successfully in Florida, Rhode Island, Australia, Romania, Hungary, and Moscow, Russia.
The algae industry is quickly becoming the next big thing. As our world population expands by 74 million people per year, 3 out of the four major fisheries are over fished and depleted, and current oil reserves above and below ground will be all but gone in 50 years, our civilization will need a sustainable and reliable source of food, transportation fuels and energy. Algae will play a significant roll in meeting the demands of human kind.
Algae can grow on marginal non-agricultural land that is near the coast to utilize seawater. Algae are up to ten times more efficient at fixing photons and mitigating CO2 than terrestrial plants. For every 2 tons of CO2 that algae consume 1 ton of biomass will be produced. This could have up to the equivalent of 2 barrels of oil per ton of biomass. Theoretically algae can produce up to a maximum of 30,000 gallons per acre if the conditions were perfect all year around. A realistic goal for algae oil is 15,000 gallons per acre.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“The Phyta-Platform has been a positive addition to our R&D department, very manageable and controllable….” Lawrence Dressler President – Tomorrow BioFuels LLC
“I have been working with Culturing Solutions for couple of years, and I am excited on how Phyta-Platform has improved and what a great research platform it provides, besides being able to meet industrial applications, it is possible to perform this.
Dr. Vadim Tarassov
Association for Advanced Technologies “ASPECT”
“Thanks for the great service, the algae is just growing, growing, growing….”
Norbert Hanti, President Spring Solar, Budapest, Hungary
“We have had our first harvest from the Phyta-System Demo site and it was a good one. We were able to harvest over 200 lbs of biomass. This was a one month growth cycle starting from 0. Size of the pond water volume was 8,000 gallons. We fed the pond every day for two weeks from the Phyta-Platform with 45 gallons. We were able to achieve densities in the Phyta-Platform around 200 E+06 cell/ml, that is huge!!! Lowest Maintained cell density was 750 E+06 cell/ml. For the Phyta-Pond, the culture is good, relatively homogenous, but we had a little bacteria, very small amount 1 E+09 cell/ml. The concentration is around 75 E+06 cell/ml.”
CEO, Culturing Solutions, Inc.
ABOUT CULTURING SOLUTIONS:
Culturing Solutions is a company that designs and manufactures photobioreactors and other algae processing production tools. Continuous Algae Production with the Phyta-Platform Photobioreactor offers superior control over the inputs of photosynthetic reactions in micro algae.
The Phyta-Platform tubular Photobioreactor has the most rigid frame available on today’s market. The frame itself is able to withstand a 130 M.P.H. wind load. All construction is made of high grade 316 Stainless Steel and heavy-duty aluminum. The phototubes can be made from food grade Polycarbonate, PVC that has a UV inhibitors (for outdoor applications) and Glass. All units come complete with automated Control Panel, Harvesting, Self Cleaning Mechanism, Tank, Pump, 5 sensors (pH, ORP, DO, Conductivity, and Temperature), Platform, and full version software.
The Phyta-Pond combines all of the monitoring and controlling benefits from the Phyta-Platform into a Closed Looped sealed “pond”. This combination reduces Capital Expense to build a commercial facility while still having all of the photosynthetic inputs optimized.
Features of the Phyta-Pond
- Covered, Closed Looped, and sanitized air intake
- Geothermal Exchange to maintain optimum Pond Temperature
- Monitor and Control Temperature, pH, EC, ORP, expandable to handle up to 10 inputs
- Durable cover with built in UV inhibitors to help maintain a healthy culture
- Proprietary pumping system that is designed to maximize the algae’s exposure to photosynthetic radiation. The Fluid Dynamics do not allow algae to rest on bottom of the pond.
- Proprietary cleaning system keeps the Pond from Biofouling.
- Theoretically achieve algae concentrations of 4-6 grams per liter at an efficiency of 20% in optimum summer daylight
ALGAE LIPID OIL EXTRACTION
Culturing Solutions has developed a process to extract the algae lipid oil from the alga cell. This is a process that has been used for other extraction needs like essential oils and decaffeination. It is completely non-toxic and is efficient and highly repeatable. The extracted oils can be converted into Biodiesel, Biojet, GreenGasoline and GreenDiesel.
P2400L Installed at a European Union Funded Research Facility
P600L LOCATED AT THE DEMO SITE
PHYTA-POND LOCATED AT THE DEMO SITE