Aeration design and bioreactor optimization for nutrient recycling systems

This research project will look to help Cultivated Ecosystems Ltd. redesign their current reactor that they use for generating organic nutrients and beneficial micro-organisms to enable them to produce the quantities needed on a regular basis for commercialization. It will look at how these micro-organisms grow under different conditions and create new equipment that will ensure the products formed are beneficial for plants and soils. By creating new ways of mixing the reactor contents and keeping oxygen levels high during operation, the outcome of this work will result in a way of growing these micro-organisms that is unique to Cultivated Ecosystems Ltd, offering a competitive advantage as they look to scale up and commercialize this technology more broadly.

Rafael Amarante
Faculty Supervisor: 
Adam Donaldson;Clifton Johnston
Nova Scotia
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