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03.07.2017, Astana, Kazakhstan

Promising algae cultivation

World Exhibition in Kazakhstan: microalgae and German technology set the scene for “Future Energy”.
Sunlight and CO2 is basically almost everything that algae needs to grow. This is because their biomass can be produced sustainably and it can be used in many different ways, the tiny organisms will be a highlight at this year’s World Exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan. In the central pavilion, a photobioreactor made of DURAN® glass tubes will show the contribution that microalgae make to the energy and nutrient supply of the future and that they can be best grown protected within glass.

Under the motto “Future Energy”, this year’s World Exhibition focuses on the energy supply in developing countries as well as the transition from fossil to renewable energies. This is where the production of microalgae comes into play. The microorganisms are rich in valuable ingredients and can be used as biofuels, among other things. They are best produced in glass photobioreactors, which can be seen on the exhibition grounds. Glass offers an advantage because it is very strong, chemically resistant and almost maintenance free for decades, while plastic tubes have to be exchanged regularly.

The photobioreactor in the main pavilion of the world exhibition, a huge silver ball, was realized by the companies ADUNIC and LGem. Their project makes sustainability and “Future Energy” visible to a broad public.

DURAN® is a registered trademark of DWK Life Sciences GmbH.

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