Blue Linked, in collaboration with the Dutch company L-Gem, has developed a reactor for the culture of the marine algae species Rhodomonas spp. This algae is part of the Experimental fish fry hatchery project. The first algae were successfully harvested recently.
MichaŽl Laterveer of Blue Linked working on the new algae reactor (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).
Traditionally, the light sources in algae culture facilities are embedded in the walls. The cultured algae grow in transparent bags which hang in front of the light source. This way of culturing algae is restricted to fixed locations and does not use the light source optimally.
Blue Linkedís algae reactor is mobile and light effective. An array of fluorescent tubes is fixed in a wooden frame on wheels, making it easy to transport. The reactor can be set up at any favourable location. The bags with the cultured algae are hung at both sides of the fluorescent tubes, thereby making optimum use of the light source. The algae reactor contains about 50 bags of 2 litres of algae culture.
Close-up algae culture (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).