As part of a new, scientifically based cooperation project, Fraunhofer IGB engineers set up an algae bioreactors test unit on the Qatar University campus.

Microalgae testing in the desert

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The Subitec photobioreactor test plant produces microalgae for the production of oil-rich algal biomass. The particular operating conditions of the desert belt allow the drawing of comparisons with previously established open-pond plants. Of specific interest are data relevant to plant design and technical process details, but also conclusions on the selection of particularly suitable microalgae strains.