Los Angeles, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] OriginOil Inc. announced a that is has developed a new Dynamic Control System for algae production, which is designed to respond continuously to the algae’s behavior. The company said that the invention improves energy efficiency and growth rates by ensuring the right types and amounts of light are used at all times as the algae grows to maturity.
At the heart of the system is a programmable controller that receives information from multiple sensor types reading the algae culture. The controller, which can be programmed for specific algae strains, responds by sending out commands to change lighting parameters such as intensity, pulsing frequency, and duty cycle.
OriginOil’s existing automation of the nutrient delivery process will be integrated in the final version of the Dynamic Control System.
“We are currently using the new Dynamic Control System to test many lighting variations such as concentration, angles, distribution, and pulsing intervals,” said Dr. Vikram Pattarkine, OriginOil’s CTO. “We expect this study to yield a wealth of data about what works best in algae lighting.”
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