The water company for the algae industry

Liqoflux focuses on water treatment for the algae industry. We offer all water treatment solutions to make your algae production successful: from purifying the water for algae cultivation, concentrating the algae culture for harvesting to recycling the water back to production.

We have extensive experience with multiple algae strains in all continents. Recently we started new projects in Australia, NZ, Vietnam, India, Spain, Portugal, Germany, US and Morocco.

Can we also help you in harvesting your algae culture and/or recycling of your water? Please contact us. 

 

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First LiqoVibro production unit sold

We just sold our first LiqoVibro production system to harvest the algae culture for one of our clients. The new LiqoVibro membrane technology is especially suitable for (1) dewatering algae cultures with higher concentrations (e.g. algae production with Photo Bio...

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New LiqoVibro membrane technology

Liqoflux introduces the new LiqoVibro membrane technology especially suitable for (1) dewatering algae after production with Photo Bio Reactors (higher concentration of input algae culture) and (2) dewatering algae cultures to higher end concentrations of 50 - 150...

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Liqoflux units for fragile algae

Liqoflux introduced new membrane technology for the pre-concentration of fragile algae strains. We are proud to co-operate with 2 large algae produces in South Europe where the units are commissioned and in operation.

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Solutions

Water Purification

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Liqoflux delivers water purification solutions to purify fresh and salt water for the algae cultivation/ production

Algae Concentration

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Liqoflux delivers algae (pre-) concentration solutions to concentrate the algae culture for harvesting

Water Recycling

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Liqoflux delivers water/media recycling solutions to clean the water/media for recycling

Two innovative membrane technologies: Liqocap® & LiqoVibro

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The Liqocap® and LiqoVibro membranes are the key components of the Liqoflux solutions to effectively separate the algae from the water. Liqoflux selected the right filters for algae (pre-) concentration and water purifying and recycling. Both filters technologies are selected with the algae specific requirements in mind: stable flux, minimal fouling and reliable retention of algae cells.  

The Liqocap® capillary filters are mainly suitable when the (1) concentration of the algae culture is low and/or (2) larger volumes of algae culture have to be harvested. As all other capillary filters, the membrane serves as a selective barrier. The Liqocap® filters contain capillaries with modified Polyethersulphone (PES), increased inner diameter and pore size of 0,02 micron. 

The new LiqoVibro membrane technology is especially suitable for (1) dewatering algae cultures with higher concentrations (e.g. algae production with Photo Bio Reactors) and/or (2) dewatering algae cultures to higher end concentrations of 100 – 150 grammes per liter. The LiqoVibro membrane plates with pore sizes varying from 0,08 – 0,2 micron are vibrating relative to the media.

 

What differs Liqocap® capillary filters and the LiqoVibro membrane modules from the competition is:

  • High operating reliability;

  • Long service life with low maintenance;

  • Good antifouling properties;

  • Tolerance over wide pH range;

  • Easy to clean; 

Based on client’s data, together with our membrane partners, we are striving for continuous improvements on the Liqocap® filters and LiqoVibro membrane modules.

 

 

Liqocap Algae Pre-Concentration System to separate the ‘easy’ water

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Thee Liqocap® capillary filters are mainly suitable when the (1) concentration of the algae culture is low and/or (2) larger volumes of algae culture have to be harvested (algae ponds). In harvesting high volumes of algae cultures the challenge is to process the high volumes in a limited timeframe and, at the same time, optimise the algae harvesting costs. To optimise the algae harvesting costs we advise a 2-step algae harvesting solution with the Liqocap filters:

 

Step 1 

Start with the Liqoflux Algae Pre-Concentration System to separate the ‘easy’ water (more than 95% of the water!) and pre-concentrate the algae culture up to 10-20 gr/liter or higher. The clean water, free from algae cells and bacteria is ready for recycling to your algae production system.

Step 2 

Select the right separation technology (*) to separate the ‘difficult’ water and produce a high dry solid algae paste. The effluent of the centrifuge contains the ‘lost’ algae cells and can be recycled back to step 1. This process harvests 100% of the algae biomass! 

(*) LiqoVibro membrane technology, Centrifuge, decanter, dynamic settler

LiqoVibro Algae Concentration System for higher end concentration

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The innovative LiqoVibro membrane technology is especially suitable for (1) dewatering algae cultures with higher concentrations (e.g. algae production with Photo Bio Reactors) and/or (2) dewatering algae cultures to higher end concentrations. With the LiqoVibro membrane technology, where membrane plates are vibrating relative to the media to improve the filtration performance and reduce the fouling, you can reach algae concentrations up to 100-150 grammes per liter. The LiqoVibro technology is a smooth dewatering technology and eliminates the need of a cross flow pump. To concentrate to the higher end concentrations we also advise 2-step algae harvesting solution with the LiqoVibro membrane modules.

The LiqoVibro technology utilizes Free Flow membrane plate modules of 2,5 m2. These membrane modules will be combined in membane towers up to 8 modules (20 m2). The membrane towers can be connected in series or parallel depending on the volume you need to concentrate and the end concentration you want to reach.

A LiqoVibro production unit consists of multiple membrane towers and are fully automated. These units will work in a 2-step approach to take the maximum benefit of all membrane capacity. Due to the vibration of the membranes there is minimum fouling and high endconcentrations up to 50-150 grammes per liter can be reached.

 

Algae (pre-) concentration systems specially designed for the algae industry

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We know the challenges in the algae downstream process and the requirements for the (pre-) concentration of algae cultures. The Liqoflux Algae Pre-Concentration System and Liqocap filters are specially designed and built for the algae industry. Algae processing is a tough process for membranes. Normally UF filters show initial good performance but after a few weeks/months drop significant in flux and/or increasing fibres breakage. With our membranes we show consistent performance at clients and have a 1 year guarantee on leakage (broken fibers), which is unique in the industry!

Recently we also introduced a new pilot membrane solution for very fragile algae. 

We selected innovative membranes for the Liqoflux Algae Pre-Concentration System

  • The Algae Pre-Concentration System separates the algae culture into a concentrate containing all the algae cells and clean effluent water, free from algae and bacteria. The clean water is ready for recycling to your algae production system.

  • The innovative membrane properties result in a stable flux and minimal fouling.

  • The smooth structure of the membranes and the well designed flow in the Algae Pre-Concentration System prevents algae from damaging and keeps the algae-cells fully intact.

  • 100% separation and concentration of the algae biomass, no loss of algae.

The Algae Pre-Concentration System is a containerized, plug-and-play solution

  • We deliver standard containerized units for processing up to 80 m3/h of algae culture.

  • The operation of the Algae Pre-Concentration System is fully automatic and PLC controlled.

  • The concentration factor is adjustable to your specific requirements.

  • The Algae Pre-Concentration System is suitable for food-grade and both fresh and marine water applications.

The cost per m3 clean water produced from the algae culture is best in class

 

  • Due to the low investment costs and low energy requirements you optimize the algae harvesting costs.

  • With the Liqoflux 2-step harvesting approach the investment in harvesting equipment, yearly Capex & Opex and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per kg dry weight algae are reduced by 50-75%

Water Recycling System

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For many algae producers, recycling of the effluent water, after harvesting the algae, is an absolute necessity. It’s our experience that centrifuges do not harvest 100% of the algae biomass. The effluent of the centrifuge contains the ‘lost’ algae cells. The Liqoflux  Water/media Recycling System processes the effluent into (1) a concentrate containing all the ‘lost’ algae cells and (2) clean water.

The clean water, free from algae cells and bacteria is ready for recycling to your algae production system. The concentrate can be recycled back to the centrifuge for harvesting. This process harvests 100% of the algae biomass!

 

  • We deliver plug-and-play Water Recycling Systems, using the right materials for both fresh and marine applications.

  • With the Liqocap® filters and the LiqoVibro membrane modules, specially designed for the Algae industry, we secure the production of clean water.

  • For water recycling we have an integrated Liqoflux Algae Water Recycling system containing: Disk filter unit, Ultra Filtration unit with Liqocap filters or LiqoVibro unit and Advanced Oxidation unit (peroxide + UV)

  • The Liqoflux Water Recycling System separates the effluent of the harvesting centrifuge into a concentrate containing the (lost) algae cells and clean effluent water, free from algae and bacteria.

  • The clean water is ready for recycling to your algae production system and the concentrate in recycled back to the harvesting centrifuge resulting in 100% separation of the Algae Biomass.

  • The operation of the Water Recycling System is fully automatic and PLC controlled.

  • The cost per m3 clean water produced from the algae culture is best in class.

 

 

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Products

Proven technology

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Liqoflux demonstrates excellent performance results at client sites working with different algae strains in both concentration of algae cultures as well as water recycling. We offer solutions to process low volumes of algae cultures, to containerized solutions for high volume processing at algae production sites from 10 m3/h up to 80 m3/h. The flow rate is dependent on e.g. the algae strain, concentration of the algae culture, water quality and water temperature. 

Our systems are made of reliable, high quality class A technical components and manufactured under rigorous quality control. 

 

 Pilot systems:

Liqocap LF1AL22 & LF2AL22 units

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The Liqoflux Pilot systems contain 1 or 2 Liqocap® filters. The processing capacity varies from 1 – 1,5 m3/h with the LF1AL22 to 2 – 3 m3/h with the LF2AL22.

Production systems:

 Liqocap LF10AL22 till LF56AL22 units

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The Liqoflux Production systems contain between 10 and 32 Liqocap® filters. The processing capacity varies from 10 – 15 m3/h with the LF10AL22 to 32 – 48 m3/h with the LF32AL22.

 LiqoVibro systems:

Pilot & Production units

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The LiqoVibro systems contain 1 or more membrane towers of 7,5m2, 15 m2 and 20 m2 based on the algae culture volume to be processed and required end concentration.  

Specific requirements

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Please contact us for your specific requirements. When you submit this contact formwe will get back to you.