We represent Varicon Aqua photobioreactors in the U.S.A.
Phyco Flow™ Serpentine Photobioreactor
The Phyco-Flow™ photobioreactor is an innovative serpentine system that scales easily to meet increased production requirements at both pilot and commercial scales (0.6 – 30 m3 in volume). This configuration has superseded our BioFence photobioreactor and offers numerous operational improvements. This includes lower capital and operational costs, and reduced shut down time via an integrated cleaning system. The photostage is made from Duran® grade borosilicate, in partnership with SCHOTT AG Glass. This results in a highly productive system with a superior lifespan to many competitors. Complete and integrated process control can be undertaken with a VAS AlgaeConnect control unit.
The Phyco-Lift range of photobioreactors provides a robust laboratory or pilot sized solution to growing algae for commercial or research purposes (0.07 – 2.5 m3). The simple modular design allows for scale-up with negligible performance drop; and the reactor can be operated in either airlift or column mixing configurations, both of which allow for low shear, high turbulence and high mass transfer culturing conditions. The reactor can be equipment with the VAS AlgaeConnect control unit, and a range of sensor or lighting options to improve cultivation conditions.
Our Phyco-Bubble columns bring a fully controllable laboratory scale reactor system to the marketplace. The columns are available in a range of incremental sizes from 3 – 25 L, and can be illuminated with LED or Gro-Lux back lighting that can be tailored to specific photosynthetic requirements. The systems are mixed by aeration which significantly reduces mechanical shear, and display excellent levels of turbulence and mass transfer. Standard fabrication is in Schott borosilicate glass, with manifolds and connectors made from PVC or aluminium. A variety of ports for inlet/outlet and sensor functions can be added dependent on requirements.