Oval tubes for photobioreactors: SCHOTT takes new approach to industrial cultivation of algae

Tube Photobioreactor, SCHOTT

Orlando, FL, September 27, 2013 – The international technology group SCHOTT is conducting intensive research on the further development of photobioreactors and has now introduced a new approach to industrial growing of algae. For this purpose the manufacturer has developed an oval glass tube that is designed to help microorganisms grow more quickly.

SCHOTT Photobioreactor with oval tubesSCHOTT specialist Dr. Nikolaos Katsikis explains the idea, “We believe that the oval shape will distribute the light that algae need to carry out photosynthesis and grow much more evenly in photobioreactors. This will increase the yield.”

Yet another benefit is that the oval shaped tubes from SCHOTT have a perfectly round shape at the ends so that they can be joined together using standard connectors to keep the cost low. SCHOTT is the only manufacturer capable of providing oval tubes with round ends for use in cultivating algae. SCHOTT will present this product innovation for the first time ever at the 7th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando, Florida, (09/30 – 10/03/2013).

Source: SCHOTT