Project Details

Intensive Microalgae Production

July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2008

LocationFundingInstitutionPrincipal Investigator(s)
Hawaii $70,000 Oceanic Institute C. Laidley

Year 1:

  1. Complete industry survey of algal production requirements.
  2.  
  3. Generate a current review of available algal bioreactor systems examining costs of setup and operation for publication in CTSA notes.
  4.  
  5. Commission pilot-scale algae production system(s) to evaluate actual cost and ease of setup.
  6.  
  7. Conduct on-site operation and testing of algal photo-bioreactors with several species of marine and freshwater microalgae.
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  9. Provide education and training to the aquaculture industry through workshops, fact sheets, and continuing education programs at the new Oceanic Institute Learning Center.

Year 2 (contingent on results of Year 1):

  1. Complete comparative cost analysis of plate and cylinder-based photo-bioreactors for comparison to classical tank-based batch culture production systems.
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  3. Review the performance of algal photo-bioreactors in commercial settings on multiple islands in Hawaii and the Pacific.
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  5. Conduct workshops at multiple sites in Hawaii and the Pacific.
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  7. Establish permanent demonstration systems at the Oceanic Institute Learning Center for continued long-term use in training of industry and students.

 

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