IGV hands over worldwide largest closed algae production plant in Spain
Anlage_Spanien_1 After EADS and IGV together demonstrated the first flight with 100% algal fuel on the international air show ILA 2010, a further milestone was achieved in the development of algae mass cultivation for oil-production. On February 10, 2011 the algae production plant „PBR 85.000“ of the IGV GmbH Potsdam was handed over ready for production and accepted by the Spanish Aurantia-group.
The site is situated in the sun-drenched Andalusia in Southern Spain, near to Jerez. The photobioreactor = PBR has a total volume of 85.000 liter and is therefore the world’s largest closed facility for the production of microalgae ever build and successfully brought into operation. In 35 kilometer glass tube on a footprint of 1.000 m², in which algae capture sunlight and efficiently photosynthesize, they generate energy rich oils which can be used in the production of fuels.
Up to now such a density was never reached and implemented so far. The 85.000 liter- facility is a culmination point in the 30 year development work of IGV as well as internationally for the development of microalgal biotechnology.
Nevertheless IGV researchers do not dwell on this milestone but already develop a new and even more efficient reactor type in which algae, for instance for aviation fuels, will be produced economically.
The Land Government of Brandenburg together with large corporations strongly back this development.