SBIR Phase I: Light Delivery Enhancement of Photobioreactors

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945345
Agency Tracking Number:
0945345
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
BC
Solicitation Number:
NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
Bodega Algae
29 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
806856360
Principal Investigator
 Samuel Hill
 PhD
 (617) 899-1754
 hill@bodegaalgae.com
Business Contact
 Samuel Hill
Title: PhD
Phone: (617) 899-1754
Email: hill@bodegaalgae.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop efficient, scalable and low-cost photo-bioreactors with light guiding optical sheets and low-power spatial light modulators to increase culture density and light penetration, and decrease doubling time for the production of microalgae. This proposed research will enhance the algal growth in a photo-bioreactor by using a low-power spatial light modulator to effectively reduce the photon saturation effects and light guiding optical sheets to guide photons to the interior of a photo-bioreactor. The broader/commercial impact of the project will be the improved efficiency of a photo-bioreactor for the production of microalgae by reducing the photon saturation effects and guiding photons to the interior of a photo-bioreactor. The technology to be developed by this project should be attractive to provide efficient and low-cost photo-bioreactors to the algal industry.

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