Solardyne.com founder, and inventor, Toby Kinkaid has expanded AlgaeToday to supply the Algae Industry with low-cost DIY Photo-bioreactor Kits. “The Algae Industry has grown exponentially in the last 5 years as researchers tap Algae for valuable anti-oxidants, nutraceuticals, organic-dyes, proteins and Omega-III rich lipids” says Kinkaid. “Yet, basic hardware for growing algae at low-cost didn’t exist for these markets. In response to this need AlgaeToday.com produces the “Model-T” line of photobioreactors for the Algae Industry - when you need to grow algal biomass: we’ll get you from Point A to Point B, at low-cost.”
Photo-bioreactors are Algae growth chambers stimulated with some light source. Researchers, universities, research institutes, companies large and small in the Algae Industry can use Photobioreactors to grow specific Algae. “Algae offers big advantages for the biotech industry pushing into the nutraceutical, bioplastics and biofuel markets,” Kinkaid continues.
“Algae don’t spend any energy building roots, trunks, stems, or leafs like terrestrial plants, instead Algae efficiently convert light energy into valuable metabolites such as lipids, anti-oxidants, organic dyes, amino-acids, proteins and many other valuable products industry can harvest.” says Kinkaid. “Today, researchers purchase pure species called monocultures for hundreds of dollars per Liter. Researchers, and companies using an inexpensive Photo-bioreactor, that can grow monocultures, could produce very specific species for their research with relatively low cost in-house.”