Marcelo Arteaga Mata's Algae Bioreactor


Introduction: Marcelo Arteaga Mata's Algae Bioreactor

(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

- 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

- 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!

Duck tape everything that may leak.



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    2 Discussions

    can anyone tell me how algae bioreactor works ???

    maybe to my email

    Cool build

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