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A number of algae production technologies are currently under development, from open ponds and closed photobioreactors, from fermentation tanks to hybrid systems, to some that combine these various methods. Simply put, there is no one single way to grow algae at commercial scale, and this versatility is one of algae’s strengths.
In most cases, the approach taken is designed solely to maximize algae growth for production of fuel, chemicals or other industrial products. How exactly these systems operate is often a function of where they are located and the desired end-product. This section takes a look at several innovative types of algae growth systems currently being deployed across the United States.
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