SCHOTT to Showcase Success of Glass Tubing in Photobioreactors at Algae Biomass Summit

Testing shows that CONTURAX® tubing improves algae growth yields over 25 percent    Algae producers and researchers are always looking to increase algae growth rate in photobioreactors (PBRs), and they’re achieving it with glass tubing.

SCHOTT, the international technology group, will demonstrate how glass tubing can improve the productivity and yield of algae in PBRs at the Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, D.C. The PBR product portfolio and CONTURAX® tubing will be displayed at SCHOTT’s booth, #313, at the summit from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

SCHOTT partners with commercial algae producers and research institutions to test how different geometries of glass tubing affect algae growth and biomass yields. In initial experiments, CONTURAX® oval tubing has shown to improve yields by over 25 percent and increase light penetration in closed PBR systems, and dry biomass output per day increased by more than 25 percent in a PBR.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been rethinking glass tubing, developing oval and thin-walled tubes to measure their impact on algae growth, and we’re continuing experiments with both algae companies and universities throughout the world,” said Nikolaus Schultz, PBR Designer at SCHOTT Research and Development. “Working with these partners and refining glass tubing, we aim to uncover new efficiencies and tap algae’s full potential.”

CONTURAX® oval glass tubes feature round ends compatible with traditional PBR couplings, which make it easy to incorporate glass tubing into existing systems. SCHOTT’s line of glass tubing has a long lifespan and maintains its strength and transparency after years of repeated and constant use.

Learn more about SCHOTT’s PBR product portfolio and CONTURAX® tubing at the Algae Biomass Summit at booth #313.

CONTURAX® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT.


SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials, and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive, and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of $2.55 billion were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014.

600450 SCHOTT to Showcase Success of Glass Tubing in Photobioreactors at Algae Biomass Summit
Date: 6 October 2015

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