The F.A.S.T.™ reactor was designed and engineered to compliment, and integrate with, the Aqua-Sphere®. The algae production component of the Bioponics™ model represents both a means of waste collection and utilization, as well as an alternative energy component. F.A.S.T.™ is arguably the first and only floating algae production system designed to exploit the diversity of water surface acres available for production. The system is simple in design, using clear poly-tubing or “plastic socks” in a wide variety of diameters as the production system. The poly-tubing is available in large rolls that can be cut to length to design any shape or size configuration. The overall size of the system, in linear feet, is only limited by the amount of waste generated by the Aqua-Sphere® system. The entire system has very low energy requirements, and can be operated using only a small regenerative blower, either independent or together with the air blowers used to power Aqua-Sphere®. Once the algae cultures are started, the F.A.S.T.™ system can be harvested at 70% of its volume every week. Make-up water and organic fish, or animal waste, or commercial fertilizers (nutrients) are added, and production continues. Other design attributes of F.A.S.T.™ include:
- An inexpensive alternative to expensive land-based bioreactors
- Designed for water surface, however can be used on land as well
- Easy to operate and harvest
- Algae can help supplement energy costs, or can be sold for bio diesel feedstock
Vast expanses of fresh and saltwater exist in the U.S. and overseas, and provide ideal opportunities for mass production of algae with the F.A.S.T.™ reactor. Algae production can provide both energy and feedstock for agriculture from the cellulose by-product. Many of the highest quality and most valuable species of algae come from the sea. They typically contain higher levels of Omega 3 oils, and are valued not only for bio-diesel fuel, but also for the health and bio-medical industries.