Algae at Vale
RICE has established a demonstration unit at the Vale Nickel refinery in Clydach, Swansea UK.
The illustration below explains what we're doing at the demonstration site and the processes we're undertaking.
In order to photosynthesis and grow algae requires energy (from the sun or artificial lighting), nutrients and CO2. The CO2 is being taken from the waste emissions of nickel refining, and fed into the biorefinery.
Below is a video of the polytunnel, which houses the biorefinery, being built over a period of time
And here's the bioreactor being inoculated with algae for the first time
Images of the project as it progresses can be viewed in the RICE gallery