By creating all possible spectra, LED lighting allows perfectly for growing living organisms – not only plants, vegetables or flowers. MEG Science applies LEDs to grow microalgae, for an upcoming, profitable market, according to CEO Piero Santoro. During Greentech they presented Phycotrone, a controlled microalgae growth platform that is made for R&D and laboratories.
The Phycotrone was nominated for a Greentech innovation award.
“CO2, generally a free by-product from burning oil, for example, is seen as a major culprit for depleting the ozone layer. Of course, there are rules on this, but by deploying microalgae the by-product becomes a source for new products. Microalgae is used for making biofuels, cosmetics and bioceuticals”, says Piero.
MEG Science works closely with a University in North Italy, (the Politecnico di Torino and DISAA, agronomic Science faculty in Milano) to design and build systems, taking laboratory scale experiments through pilot development and into industrial scale. “The Phycotrone is an unprecedented way for understanding algae and their development.”