27 November 18
"Qponics begins upgrade to pilot algae farm in Brisbane
Site preparation (image above) commenced on 26 November to upgrade the existing R&D-scale pilot farm on University of Queensland land at Pinjarra Hills into a facility capable of demonstrating small-scale commercial production of high-value EPA omega-3 from algae.
Key features of the upgrade include
(a) a new fully lined 65m x 12.5m raceway pond with 400mm high sandstone block walls,
(b) an automated algae harvesting process (ultrafiltration system plus centrifuge),
(c) water tanks to store water during processing,
(d) solar panels and battery storage to power the site,
(e) a large shed to house the harvesting system and support the solar system, and
(f) an algae paste pelletiser and dryer.
It is anticipated that the upgraded pilot algae farm will be fully operational by March 2019. These activities are supported by Qponics’ $1 million Cooperative Research Centre Project grant."
Dr Graeme Barnett, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Qponics Limited, 27 November 2018.
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