Production and Harvest of Algal Biomass for Manufacture of Biofuels
Kent BioEnergy has developed and conducted extensive
research on a new process for growing algae. The Controlled
Eutrophication Process (CEP) is an innovative, multi-stage
microalgae cultivation system. CEP systems produce
dense populations of single-celled algae in high-rate,
constantly circulating algal ponds. The high rate
algal ponds are divided into a series of zones for algal
growth, concentration, and harvest, and the zones are
linked in a sequential pattern of water flow driven by
low-energy, cost-efficient hydraulic paddlewheels.
Physical separation of the algal harvest components from
the algal production and algal concentration zones allows
separate optimization of the algal biomass production
process from the algal removal processes, thus maximizing
the performance of each component.
Several aspects of the CEP process were developed jointly
by Kent BioEnergy and algae culture pioneer Dr. David Brune
of Clemson University. Kent BioEnergy has acquired an
exclusive worldwide license from Clemson for all aspects of
this novel process.