BioMarine Fuels Partners with Fluid Imaging Technologies to Monitor Algae Growth
BioMarine Fuels has just announced that it will be partnering with Fluid Imaging Technologies to use their “FlowCAM” imaging technology to monitor algae growth.
The FlowCAM, which combines rapid digital imaging with microscopy, will monitor performance of BioMarine Fuels’ SolarMagnatron, an algae biomass reactor that efficiently propagates lipid-containing algae to be processed into biodiesel and other high market value bio-fuels and chemicals.
BioMarine Fuels’ SolarMagnatron photobioreactor essentially introduces carbon dioxide, sunlight, artificial sunlight, and microwave energy into a completely controlled 4,000 gallon (1 US gallon = 3.8 cubic decimetres) seawater containment vessel containing energy-rich micro-algae. The system stimulates rapid cell division and will produce high quantities of algal biomass for refinement into biofuels and other valuable chemicals like Omega 3. The FlowCAM, which has been used to rapidly image, count and characterize microorganisms in aquatic research since 1999, will provide real-time images and data on the size and concentration of the algae in the bioreactor.
The SolarMagnatron™ incorporates many new innovations, most notably a proprietary electromagnetic field technology. Electromagnetic energy of a specific resonance has been demonstrated by leading scientists to accelerate algae reproduction (mitoses) by up to 300%. The combined technologies are called the Symbiotic Energy System (SES).
This is the first time I have heard of BioMarine Fuels but I doubt it will be the last. Since their system uses saltwater (essentially an unlimited and cheap resource) and should be able to boast outputs roughly 3x as much as regular bioreactors, their name should be popping up more often. If anything, I will definitely be making a concerted effort to learn more about what they are doing and how their system works.