Large-scale sustainable algae cultivation systems

Algae are an important potential source of nutritional supplements and basic components for amongst others biofuels.

Algae reactors are currently designed only based on the optimization of one or two cultivation-factors while much more factors are important such as the structure and shape of a reactor, light administration, light penetration, flow of CO2, O2 drainage, heating, cooling, application of fertilizer and economics.

The goal of this project is to design a decision-support-tool for optimal design and management of large-scale sustainable algae cultivation systems. This instrument is based on quantitative, physiological models of algal growth and the physical processes in and around the algae reactor.