MicroBio Engineering

FAQ

FAQ

 

  • Do you have any catalogs that you can send me?

    • No, all material available for the Algae Raceways is only available on our website.

  • Can you ship international?

    • Yes, We have experience shipping by ocean freight to even remote corners of the world.

  • Can I install myself?

    • Yes,  all the Algae Raceways that MBE sells can be self installed.

  • Do you provide installation and training services?

    • Yes, we can provide installation and training services on request.

  • Do you sell photobio reactors?

    • No, we are happy to recommend several vendors who supply PBRs.   We see PBRs as an integral part in large-scale seed production and for high-value product processes, however 99% of commercial algae production is in out-door open ponds not in closed tubes.

  • Are your algae ponds economical for growing algae for biodiesel/biofuel?

    • The short answer is, no. The scale needed to cultivate algae at any economic competitiveness is much larger that the off-the-shelf raceways that we offer.  The raceways that we offer as products are specifically designed for research and seed production.  It is important to note that we do believe that with proper scaled up algae ponds certain processes can be very competitive.  Please contact us for further consultation.

  • HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SIZE POND DO I NEED?

    • Bigger is not always better.  If you are in the research and development phase sometimes having smaller Algae Raceways allows you greater flexibility in particular with respect to water management and handling.  Larger raceways are important for demonstrating areal productivity and producing adequate amounts of biomass for downstream processing and testing.  For commercial production bigger is better and typically requires custom design and earthen construction.

  • Why buy an "off-the-shelf" algae pond from MBE versus building something on my own.

    • You have several options in construction for getting algae raceways at your facility, all of which we have explored.  You can build your own raceways out of concrete. This works well for larger raceways if you have the budget, experience, and time. A plastic liner is still required and would have to be custom installed for you to reduce folds and creases. This option only works for on ground ponds and an in-ground plumbing system included sump pumps would have to be installed.  2) You can build your own raceways out of wood. This can work well for smaller raceways and can be somewhat straight forward if the raceways are kept on the ground. Otherwise a rack will be required and supporting the weight of water can be very dangerous if certain precautions aren't taken.  The wood will need to be pressure treated to prevent rot and of course a separate plastic liner will be required. Then there's the paddles and mechanical system which can easy take the most time to design and construct. 3) You can go with an off-the-shelf fiberglass tank. These tend to be prone to cracking during transportation and also are very heavy often times requiring a crane for safe installation. They are also not modified or repaired very easily.4) You can go with an HDPE Algae Raceway from us. Until our product came on the market the only way to use a plastic tank was to try and modify some other type of off the shelf plastic tank such as ones used for agriculture feeding. Our custom rotational molded raceways are light, durable, and easy to clean. Finally, safety is always a concern especially with rotating equipment. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that our paddle wheel has a low pinch point design and that there are fail safe features to prevent major injuries.