Algae Technology: Monitoring Algae for Biofuels, Chemical Feedstocks, Nutraceuticals, and Fertilizers

Algae continues to show great promise as a renewable source for fuel, feeds, and other products such as plastics, chemical feed stocks, lubricants, and fertilizers.

Algae Biofuel Stock Imaged by FlowCAM

Different applications require the extraction of different types of biomass from the algae stock, such as lipids, oils, pigments, and proteins. Depending on the application, different species of algae are found that optimize the yield of the specific biomass desired. Once the desired feedstock is found, high capacity production methods are used to produce harvestable amounts of algae stock for the application. These may be monocultures or mixes of several different species.

Regardless of the types of algae being produced, continuous monitoring is required to understand the growth, composition, and purity of your algae. The FlowCAM is specifically designed to help you analyze large volumes of algae data.

Traditional microscopy is labor intensive - the FlowCAM gives statistically relevant results quickly. This allows you to look at tens of thousands of algal cells per minute - increasing the statistical significance of your analyses, and yielding higher quality data in a shorter time.

The FlowCAM is a powerful tool for algae analysis in industrial biotechnology applications, including:

Application Focus: Algae for Biofuel

In biofuels research and development, the ability to analyze large volumes of algae data this way greatly increases the statistical significance of analyses, yielding higher quality data in a shorter time. In this example, a Chlorella culture is monitored for contamination. The histogram makes it easy for you to quickly determine if there is any contamination present. In this case, both Pediastrum and Anabaena were found.

Contaminated Chlorella Culture

Customer Profile: Lone Star College

Biotech Students Utilize FlowCAM Technology for Algae Research

With a real-world approach to learning, students at a Texas community college are on a path to success, and so is their algae research. See how they are utilizing the FlowCAM.

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