Fascinating post in French about a work-in-progress from Marin Sawa: Algaerium Bioprinter, at ThisIsAlive.com
The “Bioprinter Algaerium” prototype will cultivate microalgae in our home environment to produce healthy food digitally printed on demand. This work is the result of “Algaerium”, a research project on the development of prototypes of domestic habitats for microalgae. Here the “Bioprinter Algaerium” acts as an ink supply containing microalgae (superfoods) such as Chlorella , the Spirulina and Haematococcus . The selection of types of algae reflects the diversity of colors and can be imprinted with multi-colored patterns. Often the colors of algae also indicate their nutritional value. For example, Chlorella is used as a dietary food for its high chlorophyll concentration, which is also responsible for the green pigmentation. These species of microalgae are currently grown on an industrial scale and are increasingly in demand in the international market of dietetics.
THE BIOPRINTER PLANS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE IN WHICH THE “FARM” OF ALGAE BECOMES A NEW ELEMENT OF URBAN AGRICULTURE TO ENHANCE FOOD SECURITY IN OUR CITIES.
This project aims to adapt the industrial production for domestic technology. To do this, Marin Sawa worked with Imperial College London to develop a new printer ink suitable for printing algae jet. By printing living microalgae, this invention provides a new way to consume dietary supplements. At the micro level, technology Bioprinter provides a process by which cells can be broken down and the nutrients absorbed quickly. At the macro level, the Bioprinter plans for the immediate future in which the “farm” of algae becomes a new element of urban agriculture to enhance food security in our cities. Currently, Marin Sawa and colleagues also developed a printing energy technology based on these microalgae and filtering systems. This research is part of his PhD at the Central Saint Martins School in collaboration with Imperial College London….
(Note: Used Google Translate for on-the-fly French->English translation. Not great, but helps!)