A bioreactor with first and second containers has translucent sidewalls housing a plurality of planar membranes over which a slurry of water and photosynthetic microorganisms flows. A light collector is mounted adjacent a gap between the first and second containers for receiving incident light and conveying the light through optical waveguides, such as fibers, to distributors. The distributors are mounted in the first and second containers near a lower end of the substrates so that photons incident on the optical waveguides are conveyed through the optical waveguides to the light distributors and then to the lower ends of the substrates where light passing through the translucent sidewalls is less intense.
D. J. Bayless, "Hybrid Bioreactor for Reduction of Capital Costs," U.S. Patents, Mar 2012.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Patent Application Number
22 Mar 2012