ACHEMA: 18. - 22. June 2012

Jun 18, 2012 7:00 AM

Corrosion-resistant plastic solutions for algae cultivation in bioreactors:

GF Piping Systems will focus on innovative system solutions in the chemical process industry at ACHEMA 2012 in Hall 8.0, Stand E64 from June 18 to 22. Bioreactors for growing algae will be presented for the first time. This application uses a new piping system made of transparent plastic for cultivating algae – a trendsetting raw material. At our spacious exhibition stand, visitors will find applications for chemical dosing, tank filling, indirect cooling and water treatment. In addition, GF Piping Systems will be giving an impressive demonstration of reverse osmosis.

The engineers at GF Piping Systems have succeeded in finding the perfect balance between light permeability and long lifetime. They developed a piping system made of transparent PVC, which allows sufficient light in the right wavelength to pass through to the inside of the pipe, so that microalgae can grow. The algae cultivated in such bioreactors are harvested to produce biomass and biofuel. Moreover, these organisms bind carbon dioxide (CO2), which they require to grow. If CO2 is added to the algae bioreactors, for example from an incineration plant, CO2 emissions can be reduced. The first bioreactors for algae cultivation have now been released for use. (Complete article under Media Releases)

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