MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the algae biofuels market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Algasol Renewables with the 2010 Global Algae Biofuels Green Excellence in Technology Innovation of the Year Award. Algae biofuels offer a possible solution to two crucial issues plaguing consumers – rising crude oil prices and climate change. However, large-scale commercial production of algae biofuels needs a cost-effective technology that assures a sustainable production pathway with optimized resource usage.
Algasol Renewables provides a critical and innovative method for micro algae biomass production. Its modular floating bag technology, a new variation of photobioreactors (PBRs), provides a low-cost design coupled with industrial scalability, optimal light exposure, high biomass concentration, low energy consumption, and efficient system control. A key aspect of the technology is its entirely flexible structure utilizing only an integrated density management system to control the position of the PBR in the water.
Algasol Renewables is able to reduce energy and water use by taking advantage of an internal aeration system, high biomass concentration and free stirring from waves as well as through a natural temperature buffer provided by the surrounding sea. In addition, the company's commercial unit-size PBR is capable of holding up to 500 m3 of algae culture in modular sub-units and only needs 3 m3 of low-cost polymer material, thereby evidencing a clear commitment to optimal resource management.
Furthermore, Algasol Renewables has developed an adverse weather protection system, which enables its PBRs to submerge for protecti
|SOURCE Frost & Sullivan|
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