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ALGAE CULTIVATION IN PLASTIC TUBES COMPARED TO TUBULAR GLASS PBRs
How it works - Advantages and disadvantages - Application scenarios

Significantly higher productivity, great product quality and better predictability within production. These are the main arguments for cultivating algae in closed photobioreactors (PBR).

Tubular photobioreactors exist in laboratory and production sizes, as they are the only systems that are able to produce high quality biomass for cost efficient production of high-end algae products such as DHA, astaxanthin and spirulina. This type of PBR makes it possible to plan production reliably with respect to the processes, yields and quality. Furthermore, they are especially productive due to their ability to efficiently use the available floor space and light radiation. They are also relatively easy to clean.

Read our guide and find out how algae cultivation in tubular PBRs works. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of this cultivation method. Since the tubes of a tubular PBR are also available in either plastic (PMMA, PVC) or glass, the question arises as to which of these materials is more suitable for algae cultivation.

If you would like to determine whether your intended cultivation should be inserted into a tubular reactor or a different closed cultivation system, this guide will offer helpful insights. It presents the entire range of decision relevant parameters. Through this you are provided with a complete picture of the topic.
Among other things, our guide will answer the following:
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of algae cultivation in tubular photobioreactors?
  • What problems does the use of plastic pipes in a PBR entail? In which deployment scenarios are plastic tubular reactors in algae cultivation suitable and which not?
  • Which factors affect the total cost of ownership for algae cultivation in tubular PBRs?
  • How productive is algae cultivation in a tubular reactor?
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