In the laboratory, Solixant provided all the conditions for research and development of biotechnology on the highest international level.
The laboratory is equipped with modern facilities and is fully equipped for a wide range of works in the field of selection, cultivation and study of algae.
In the laboratory, there is a spectrophotometer, the equipment for cultivation of microalgae under controlled conditions, a laminar flow hood, microscope, equipped with a digital camera, an autoclave, a thermal cycler nucleic acids, flow cytometry, centrifuge rotor and running for the collection of microalgae biomass. A unique feature is the wide range of laboratory photobioreactors scalable from laboratory to semi-industrial level.
The laboratory set Russia's largest semi-closed system culturing of microalgae AGS260.
Laboratory staff are highly qualified, have the skills of the isolated strains of microalgae from the natural environment, their characteristics and cultivation in semi-scale, trained in modern methods of molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics, physiology and cytology, are authors of scientific articles in leading Russian and international journals.
The first stage of the work is the search for and selection of promising microbial cultures and their preparation for the large-scale cultivation. The company has an extensive collection of high-opportunity microalgae, as well as have access to the collections of crop research institutes and universities in Russia, and the ability to make an expedition to find new unexplored strains from natural samples. For the production of its products, the company uses only natural, negennomodifitsirovannye strains of microalgae.
Upon receipt of microalgae samples should be selection stage, in which selected the most efficient producers of target substances. strains Efficacy is evaluated by calculating the amount of target substances per unit of biomass and its comparison with the growth characteristics of culture under consideration. As a result of assessment of the most promising strains are selected for large-scale cultivation. In addition, the company has access to cell selection and optimization of the conditions of cultivation technology with a view to further increasing the efficiency of strains.
Past step of selecting strains consistently cultivated in closed photobioreactors with a gradual scaling cultivation volume. At the final stage microalgae are cultivated in semi-industrial photobioreactor gated Solix Lumian AGS260. Cultured microalgae are plastic panels, which are supported by the individual conditions are favorable for the development of algae and are not in contact with the external environment.
The panels are immersed in the pool water which is used to maintain a constant temperature in the panels and maintain them in an upright position. Each panel is filled with a nutrient medium for the cultivation of microalgae. Furthermore, it is supplied carbon dioxide for carbon algae, pH adjustment and stirring culture. This organization allows the reactor space in parallel to grow microalgae are several different types and, accordingly, to produce several different products in a single production cycle.
In addition, the advantage of the reactors of the company is the most efficient use of light energy, ease of scalability and operation, as well as minimizing the threat of contamination of the culture. Some species of microalgae cultivation is possible in classical columnar photobioreactors are also available from the company.
After reaching the maximum value of biomass density, it is pumped from the reactor and sent for recycling. Primary processing step is separation of the liquid and solid phases in the flow-through centrifuge. The separated biomass is then sent to the extraction for isolating target substances using supercritical carbon dioxide.
This method does not use toxic liquid solvents, which allows not only effective, but also the most environmentally friendly extraction, completely eliminating the possibility of chemical and environmental pollution.