Frequently Asked Questions

What is the volume of media that the culture vessel can hold?

The LED can output a maximum of 3,000 µE.

Utilizing the built-in solenoid valve of the PBR101, users can inject any desired gas or gas mixture into the culture vessel. The most common gasses used being carbon dioxide and nitrogen.

The Algal Command software creates graphs using real-time data collection, that can be viewed directly through the Algal Command user interface. Algal Command also stores all data collected in CSV files, that can be used with most data analysis or spreadsheet software.

Since Algal Command is a Java application, it can be run on any system that has Java installed on it (including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux).

Yes, users will need to have Java installed on their computer to be able to launch Algal Command. It is recommended that users install Java SE Runtime Environment 7u79, instead of the latest Java 8 version. Here is a link to help:

The vessels are made of polycarbonate for two main reasons. The first reason, is that this allows the vessels to be sterilized in an autoclave. The second reason, is that this allows the vessels to be easily customized to a customer’s specific needs for input/output ports on the vessel.

The PBR101 can create culture temperatures from 10°C to 50°C.

The TP2501 Turbidistat Pump allows users to maintain a steady culture density, while simultaneously maintaining a constant culture volume.

The PBR101 was designed specifically for high-throughput data collection via a matrix of evinronmental photobioreactors that can operate on a laboratory bench-top. We currently do not offer a larger version of our environmental photobioreactor.

When you order a PBR101 you will receive the PBR101 control tower, heating/cooling jacket with optical density sensor, one vessel with cap, o-rings and lens for the vessel cap, two audio cables for connecting the optical density sensing units, one stir bar, tygon tubing, one ethernet cord, a router for connecting the unit to your computer, one jacket and one culture temperature probe, and a vessel accessory package. A pH probe, extra vessels, and maintenance kits can be ordered separately.