The Difference Thoughtful Design Makes

BrightWave’s photobioreactors are designed to provide the ideal growth environment, whether your goal is maximizing overall growth rates and densities, maintaining cultures at set parameters, or applying stress factors to enhance metabolite production.

Our PBRs provide you with complete control of lighting, pH, temperature, and nutrient delivery.  And all of our PBRs are equipped with BrightWave’s automated continuous cleaning system that provides months of uninterrupted production.

Our design becomes your strategic advantage.

How we're different

Our proprietary in-water grow lights can be adapted to tanks of any size. They cost-effectively provide full light throughout the photobioreactor, resulting in high growth rates and maximum densities. BrightWave’s novel technology evacuates any heat generated by the lights.

By internally illuminating our bioreactors we enable almost unlimited volume. Our cost-effective in-water grow light arrays can illuminate any size bioreactor – whether it’s 200 liters or 2,000,000 liters.

Our in-water grow lights are continuously cleaned by automated scrubbers that prevent algae buildup. Because the scrubbers are fully immersed within the culture, along with the in-water grow lights, they do not introduce contaminants into the bioreactor.

BrightWave maximizes footprint efficiency, which measures and compares productivity in a given physical space. Our bioreactors outperform any other outdoor or indoor algae growth platform – by a wide margin. 

Our closed photobioreactors include an automated control system that regulates the primary growth factors including temperature, pH, nutrient delivery, lighting, and air/gas flow – and does so remotely, without exposing any of the components to ambient air. Contamination risk is greatly reduced.

BrightWave’s photobioreactors are fully automated and are controlled via desktop or mobile app. All aspects of operations, from maximizing growth conditions through harvesting, are automated and controlled. PBRs can be used with all micro-algae strains. Systems are maintained with minimal staff.

250 Liter PBR

  • Dimensions: 18″D x 48″H
  • Performance*: Daily – 83g, Annually – 30kg
  • Volume: Total – 309L, Working – 250L
  • Electric Usage: ~105 kw/hr
  • Light Intensity: 0 – 400 Lumens/Liter

1100 Liter PBR

  • Dimensions: 36"D x 86"H
  • Performance*: Daily - 400g, Annually - 150kg
  • Volume: Total - 1350L, Working - 1100L
  • Electric Usage: ~ 420 kw/hr
  • Light Intensity: 0-400 Lumens/Liter

5100 Liter PBR

  • Dimensions: 64"D x 134"H
  • Performance*: Daily - 1850g, Annual - 6,745kg
  • Volume: Total - 5678L, Working 5100L
  • Electric Usage ~ 945 kWh
  • Light Intensity: 0-400 Lumens/Liter

35,000 Liter PBR

  • Dimensions: 120"D x 140"H
  • Performance*: Day - 12.4kg, Annual - 4538.5kg
  • Volume: Total - 37,680L, Working - 35,000L
  • Electric Usage: ~ 3780 kWh
  • Light Intensity: 0 - 400 Lumens/Liter

Tested and Certified at the University of Maryland's Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

IMET certified that our PBRs will grow algae to the maximum densities

and daily growth rates as identified in the EMA Strain Catalog.

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Used, refined, and ruggedized internally for years in some of the most difficult conditions for growing algae - flue gas/CO2 mitigation.

Now it is available to others in the industry!

After years of experience with different algal strains, we partnered with University of Maryland's Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) to certify the efficacy of our PBRs