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February 24, AlgaeIndustryMagazine. Imagine greening desert coastlines and producing food for millions of people. The International Algae Competition is a global challenge to design our future with algae food and energy systems.
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Participants from 40 countries around the microfarmx submitted projects for algae architecture and landscapes, cultivation systems and food. The Future of Algae. Beginning with algae pond systems and photobioreactors at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation AZCATI today, this video looks into our future, exploring emerging themes, schemes and dreams in algae architecture and landscape design.
These complex algae systems requiring automated technology combined with modular growing systems may make it feasible to deploy microfarms and photobioreactors anywhere in the world without onsite expert algae technicians. Automated building systems with sensors and feedback loops control microfarns complex interaction of building energy, lights, air, heat, cooling and environmental conditions. Algae cultivation systems will handle these functions and more — all the micrfarms parameters needed to grow algae, such as water quality, nutrient levels, pH, dissolved solids, culture density, temperature, light and so on.
Why Microfarms Are Emerging
Algae Lab Systems and Phenometrics automated laboratory scale bioreactor systems. A number of enterprises provide laboratory scale equipment and services for automated growing, monitoring and controlling algae. Algae Lab Systems of Colorado algaelabsystems. Phenometrics of Michigan phenometricsinc. More algar like these will provide the algae automation systems microframs the future. Here are some future visions from the International Algae Competition incorporating algae systems in building design and microfarms in eco-communities of the future:.
Algae Powered Mushroom Farm 10design. The farm will grow mushrooms because of easy cultivation and high yield. Algae will be a food source and provide fertilizer. Two target groups are urban homeless and rural poor. Congo-Kinshasa in Africa was selected for the first farm. The farms are lightweight, easily shipped and hand carried to sites. Designed by 10 Design Group, Ted Givins, tgivens 10design.
Algae Powered Mushroom Farm. This algae strategy represents a new sustainable model in urban areas. Re-visioning an iconic building from the past century fossil fuel economy.
This is an environmental vision committed to the Chicago Climate Microfaems Plan. Diagram of the interaction of the various systems: Marina Algaw Algae Retrofitting. This design is a living building with algaculture, hydroponics, aquaculture, aeroponics, aquaponics and farming.
It includes a rooftop garden, algae bioreactors, farmers market, community gardens, orchards and greenhouses. Designed for central Prishtina, with seven floors for residential space, each with a green garden. The community has a roof garden to grow produce, market, cinema and restaurant.
The eco-community building is linked to the algae building with a glass roof to produce bio-fuel, food and compost. Design for a research center of marine algae typical of the Basque coast for medicinal, food and industrial applications.
Future visions of living algae systems in daily life
A photobioreactor skin generates the necessary energy for all building operations: The concept is to turn buildings into energy production using light, CO2 and wastewater to grow algae. Until now, successful algae cultivation and operation has required trained and experienced algae experts and PhDs on location. This knowledge level requires sophisticated and expensive staffing and infrastructure.
Automated smart technology combined with modular growing systems will make it feasible to deploy algae cultivation systems, whether they are microfarms and photobioreactors, anywhere in the world without onsite expert personnel. Remote monitoring would enable a central laboratory to support a large number of deployed units. The large user database feeds grower experience into the algae operating system that provides the knowledge base for an advanced learning system that offers process automation and an expert system that provides grower guidance.
Flexible microcrop platforms will produce food and valuable co-products locally by mimicking nature as they grow algae and other microorganisms integrating light and intelligent technology. This emerging technology will empower people globally to grow healthy food and co-products for the needs of their local community using more sustainable and affordable inputs.
Permission may be required to reprint editorial editorial algaeindustrymagazine. Archives — Refresh Page for More Choices. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions have provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source.
Environmental Technology magazine notes that the difficulty in predicting how algae blooms will develop lies in their variform nature. With a multitude of different bloom Alexander Richter reports for Geothermal Energy News that, among the many examples offered during a recent conference in Pisa, Italy, on Perspectives and Impact of the Gr Crunden writes in thinkprogress. AlgaEnergy, a Spanish biotechnology company specializing in the production and commercial applications of microalgae, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a leading provide Return to top of page.
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