Algal farming

Mass cultivation of micro algae for biofuels and other useful products:

PERC has developed technology for mass cultivation of selected micro algae in open ponds and closed photobioreactors for biofuels, biofertilizer, cattle feed and other useful products. Parameters like nutrient addition, harvesting and processing have been standardized. Simple and cost effective harvesting technology (PHYCOFLOC) has been developed and being implemented in algal farms. A combination of open raceway ponds and bioreators has been developed to achieve maximum productivity which is economically viable. Economics has been worked out for large scale production of algae. Technology to utilize flue gas from thermal power station has also been developed. (CLICK HERE FOR A NEWS ITEM IN DECCAN CHRONICLE...Click here for news item in pdf).


Kolkota algal farm - Algal biomass harvested by PHYCOFLOC technology


Iran's First Algal cultivation facility at Chabahar

With technical support from PERC, Chennai, ALGIRAN, an Iranean algal biotech company has established a pilot demonstration facility at Chabahar Freezone, Iran.. MORE



Phyco Plus has been registered as Trademark in Colombia


Phycospectrum has developed a unique mixture of essential macro nutrients for mass cultivation of micro algae called Phycomix and it is being employed in India and abroad to increase productivity with higher economy



Phycospectrum has developed a unique mixture of essential micro nutrients for mass cultivation of micro algae called Phycofort and it is being employed in India and abroad to increase productivity with higher economy

Marine diatoms for bio-diesel

Mass cultivation technology for marine diatoms has been designed and developed by our team in facility near Chennai coast. Nutrient addition, induction of lipid production and harvesting have been standardized. Based on the pilot scale trials economically viable seawater cultivation of marine diatoms for biodiesel is available with us for commercialization


Diatom biomass rich in oil

PMF Technology to improve biomass productivity and oil content

PERC has developed a PMF technology to enhance algal productivity and oil content. PMF technology is ecofriendly, cost effective and easily scalable and xan be integrated with PBRs and open raceway ponds.


Energy from Sewage

PERC has developed technology and identified algal strains to effectively treat sewage and produce valuable algal biomass. Micro algae, being photosynthetic, utilize CO2 and evolve oxygen which initiates oxidation of organics in sewage by aerobic bacteria. The resultant degradation products form a rich source of nutrients for algal growth. Micro algae also remove nutrients like nitrates and phosphates thereby reducing eutrophication process. The algal biomass generated is further processed for bio-fuel generation.  PERC has visited several cities including Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai to assess quantum of sewage available for algal biomass generation and production of bio-fuels.  PERC is planning to setup pilot plants in different locations for sewage treatment using micro algae.

Bio-diesel from Algae:

Algal species producing higher oil at field level have been identified and successfully cultivated in open raceway ponds. The techniques of harvesting, extraction and transesterification have been standardized. Cheaper nutrient sources and Simpler and effective harvesting techniques have been evolved to minimize the cost of production of algal biomass and oil extraction...


World's First Phycoremediation plant: Dr V Sivasubramanian, has set up the First Phycoremediation plant at SNAP Industry. Algal remediation technology helps in pH correction of the acidic effluent and complete reduction of sludge formation. SNAP is now a zero disposal company. The phycoremediation plant has been in operation from September 2006. The effluent generated by the industry is highly acidic and of very high TDS (40000 mg/L). The entire effluent is evaporated using slope tank with zero sludge formation. The algal biomass produced is used in Biofertilizer preparation and sold by the Company. .......(.more )


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For consultancy on algae based remediation, bio-fuels and CO2 mitigation and algal biomass production

Dr V Sivasubramanian, Director

Phyco Spectrum, 132 (52 A) A K Block, 7th Main road, (click here for location map), Anna Nagar, Chennai 600040, India. Email to: Phone: 91 044 42122699. Mobile: 91 9677144453 ;