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Z150 Photobioreactor


Z150 Photobioreactor

Z150 photobioreactor for algal cultivation

The Z150 Photobioreactor is used for precise phototrophic cultivation of algae and cyanobacteria. It features a unique combination of the cultivator and monitoring device. Light intensity and timing, spectral composition, temperature can be set with high accuracy.

Cultivation conditions of a photobioreactor can be varied according to  user- defined protocol. The growth of the algal culture is monitored by the integrated densitometer (OD 735, OD680). Chlorophyll content of the culture can also be monitored continuously by the difference of optical densities at 680 and 735 nm. The instantaneous physiological state of the culture is measured by the Photosystem II quantum yield Fv/Fm.

For cultivation of up to 8 different algal cultures please see the Z160 Multicultivator.

Click below to see the video of  installation of 120L photobioreactors at Washington University in St. Louis, USA


  • Cultivation vessel capacity: 400 ml (Z150) standard,  1000 ml (Z150-1000),  larger volumes (25L, 120L) also available

25L photobioreactor

120L Photobioreactors

  • Programmable light, temperature,  and medium regime. Time steps from milliseconds to hours

  • Both static and changeable temperature in the range of 15 – 55 °C (standard) or in the range of 0 – 70 °C (optional)

  • Controlled flow and composition of the bubbling gas (optional)

  • Magnetic stirring (optional)

  • Bubble interruption during measurements – bubble interruption valve

  • Bubble humidifier to keep the volume in the vessel stable

  • Peristaltic pump for Chemostat mode cultivation, i.e. programed addition of chemical i.e. acid or base to preset pH (optional).

  • Peristaltic pump for Turbidostat mode cultivation – stabilization of the suspensions via optical density control (optional).

Schematic of device with external modules:

Z150 photobioreactor - schematic diagram with modules

LED Lighting:

  • Standard color versions :White, Red-Blue (630 nm, 450 nm) or White-Red (630 nm), other colors and color combinations available (optional).

  • Both static and fluctuating light regime – day/night cycles, pulsing (max frequency 1ms) or sinus waves.

  • Actinic light up to 1500 μmol(photon)/m2/s (standard).

  • Light intensity upgrade from 1,800 – 3000 μmol(photon)/m2/s; according to LED type and color (optional).

  • Wide range of wavelengths from UV-A through VIS to NIR (optional).

  • Additional light source to accommodate specific needs of different organisms. For instance, Infra Red (850 nm) light source for purple sulfur photosynthetic bacteria. (optional; various wavelengths available).


photobioreactor LED lights operation


  • Integrated Double-Modulation Fluorometer with online measurement of chlorophyll  fluorescence parameters, such as Ft, QY (Fv/Fm) (standard).

  • Integrated online optical density measurement (standard).

  • O2 electrode to measure concentration of dissolved gases (optional).

  • CO2 electrode to determine the dissolved CO2 concentration in the Photobioreactor medium (optional).

  • pH/Temperature monitoring (standard).

  • Magnetic Stirrer (optional).

  • High-precision Gas Mixing System ZGMS-150 (optional).

Control Software (optional):

  • User defined protocols

  • Data collection in real time.

  • Data upload during experiment running.

  • Data visualization in graphs.

  • Further processing of data sheets in Excel accessible format.

  • Remote control of the experiment via internet.

  • software control of up to 7 photobioreactors

Other Features:

  • User-friendly operation.

  • Robust construction, thermal stability, long-life light source.

  • PC interface.

  • Remote control.


  • Fluorescence Parameters: Ft, Fv/Fm (QY) .

  • Vessel Capacity: 400 ml, 1000 ml. 25 L, 120 L

  • Precision Controlled Temperature: 15 °C – 55 °C.

  • Cooling and Heating System: Two 200 W Peltier elements.

  • Two Displays: For system control and actual temperature.

  • Light Regime: Static or dynamic (sinus, triangle etc).

  • Optical Density Measurement: Real time measurement of OD by two IR LEDs (735 nm, 680 nm).

  • Detector Wavelength Range: PIN photodiode with 697nm -750 nm bandpass filters.

  • Controlled Flow and Composition of the Bubbling Gas: Optional.

  • Pumps: Up to 8 peristaltic pumps supported (optional),

  • pH/temp Probe included.

  • Bios: Upgradeable firmware.

  • Communication Port: Serial – RS232.

  • Material: Glass, stainless steel, silicon gasket.

  • Size: 50 x 25 x 35 cm (for the standard 400ml unit).

  • Weight: 15.5 kg (400ml unit).

  • Electrical: 90-240 V.

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