As part of the PestNu project, Originy designed and installed a closed photobioreactor algal growth plant for fish farm water treatment at the Volos site in Greece. The plant consists of 2 loops of 1,000 litres each.
The objective is to cultivate microalgae in wastewater from fish farming. These waters provide a culture medium for selected microalgae such as Scenedesmus. The microalgae grow in continuous recirculation at a controlled temperature of 24°C and a pH value between 8 and 10 under LED lights (16/8 light/dark). Once a concentration of about 2 g/litre has been reached, the microalgae is used as a biofertiliser in aquaponics systems.