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Innovation application: Development of Technology and Consultations on Microalgae Spirulina/Arthropira Cultivation in Temperate Climate

Title Development of Technology and Consultations on Microalgae Spirulina/Arthropira Cultivation in Temperate Climate

Microalgae (Cyanobacteria) Spirulina (Spirulina/ Arthrospira platensis, A. maxima) is a valuable food / dietary supplement for humans and animals. Typically, it is grown in warm climate, with an optimal water temperature of 30-35°C during the day, but in case of too hot weather if the water in the growing tanks reaches 38°C it collapses, while it cool weather spirulina grows much slower. The problem with the climate of Latvia is also the availability of sunlight. The essential component of the cost of spirulina production is the medium. Researchers at the Institute of General Chemical Enigneering propose the development of spirulina-growing technology (in greenhouse or bioreactor) according to the intended use of spirulina (as food or extracts) and available resources (heat, light, nutrient-rich waters, such as industrial waste water).

Keywords Spirulina, microalgae, cianobacteria, photobioreactor, phycocianin, indoor farming, city farming
Authors Agnese Stunda Zujeva
Kristīne Veģere
Matīss Zuteris
Kaspars Veģeris
Department (14400) Vispārīgās ķīmijas tehnoloģijas institūts
Statistical Classification of Economic Activities, NACE 2 Scientific research and development
Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Description of the technology

The Institute of General Chemical Engineering offers research, design and consultancy on:

  1. Identifying the resources required for spirulina cultivation at a specific place of business;
  2. Designing a spirulina production pool or photographic reactor;
  3. Developing an optimal lighting solution;
  4. Solutions for the CO2 capture from flue gases;
  5. Different carbon and nitrogen use of liquid by-products (waste) in the feed medium;
  6. Development of heating solutions in accordance with available production facilities and heat sources.
Applications For any Latvian company or farmer.

We have more than 10 years of experience in the development and adaptation of chemical technology and biotechnology processes to the needs of the customer.

Technology Readiness Level Actual system proven in operational environment
Partnership offer • Service contracts. • Consulting contracts. • Cooperation and research projects. • Other forms of cooperation by mutual agreement.
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Contact information Linda Šufriča, e-mail: inovacijas@rtu.lv; phone.: 28442736