Solar-powered Photobioreactor generates biofuel using algae

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We recently showcased Emergent Architecture’s Flower Street Bioreactorthat was designed to be installed in Los Angeles. The architecture firmhas designed an even better bioreactor system that is being envisionedto be installed in Perth. The Perth PhotoBioReactor will use colonies of red and green algae to generate biofuel.

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Theouter shells of the Photobioreactors are fiber-composite monocoqueconstruction, pleated for stiffness. The Photobioreactors containcolonies of algae that require CO2 and light at the front end andgenerate hydrogen or biofuel at the other end. The system is based onthe technology developed by OriginOilwhich that allows for continued operation in shade and also in completedarkness through the use of a helix of lights inside each algae coil.

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Theelectricity needed for the system to run is generated by thin-filmsolar transistors that are embedded in the transparent polycarbonateapertures. The system can be placed in different locations as a pieceof art, and can help generate fuel for the masses as well.

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