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Carbon capture device

Carbon Capture Device

This project is an algae powered carbon scrubber, also known as a photobioreactor. It started as a test to see how well Chlorella Vulgaris will grow in a contained environment, which is the first picture. The test was only done once as a proof of concept then the design was immediately updated to something user friendly and aesthetically pleasing, which is shown underneath the picture of the test version. The updated version is actually fairly large, at about a meter tall, and uses UV-A LED lights inside as well as a 12V brushless Parker vacuum pump. It has a canister that you lift out using a folding handle on the top, and a release valve on the bottom as well as a screw on top. It holds about 2 gallons of algae and can keep a culture alive perpetually. It's currently a work in progress but is close to being finished. A compartment to house the pump and wiring will go underneath, with a stand on the bottom to prevent it from falling over as well. It's designed to be a user friendly domestic photobioreactor, as most bioreactors aren't very user friendly and are typically used for pharmaceutical purposes instead of carbon capture.

Chlorella Vulgaris growing in a photobioreactor
Carbon scrubbing Chlorella Vulgaris photobioreactor prototype
Carbon scrubbing Chlorella Vulgaris photobioreactor prototype
Carbon scrubbing Chlorella Vulgaris photobioreactor prototype
Carbon scrubbing Chlorella Vulgaris photobioreactor prototype
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