Introduction: Marcelo Arteaga Mata's Algae Bioreactor

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(Here is a blueprint for a cheap homemade algae bioreactor or photobioreactor which you can use to cultivate algae for the purpose of producing biomass) So I have been interested on algae bio-fuel for a long time and during this summer I had the chance of pursing this interest. However, I do not have large garden to cultivate large amounts of algae for my experiments so I had to come up with some kind of device to grow lots of algae on a small space at a low cost. After doing some research I decided that growing algae on some type of vertical garden would be the most efficient way to do it. So without further ado...

Step 1: Materials

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- Laundry Drying Rack
- Two Column Pump  (
- Reservoir with Handle (
- Reservoir Cover (
- Bottom Tubing Assembly (
- Rubber Connector (
- Rigid Tube (
- Flexible Tubing (
- Scissors
- 10 Large Ziploc Bags
- Clear Duct Tape
- 2 Straws

Step 2: Assemble Parts

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- Cut a hole at the bottom of each Ziploc bag.
- Duck tape 5 Ziploc bags together.
- Assemble the pump and the tube system as shown in picture.
- Assemble each string of Ziploc bags in the rack.
- Cover one side of each of the straws with duck tape so that it will fir into the top of the rigid tube.
- Make a hole to the top Ziploc bag and insert the straw side without duck tape in it.

Step 3: Duck Tape Everything!

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Duck tape everything that may leak.


awi putra (author)2015-11-30

can anyone tell me how algae bioreactor works ???

maybe to my email

Majornav (author)2014-03-22

Cool build

Replace your ziplocs with vacuum sealable bag roll and you can ditch the duct tape.

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