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1. (US20100154298) Open ocean floating algae farm

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 12643170 Application Date: 21.12.2009
Publication Number: 20100154298 Publication Date: 24.06.2010
Grant Number: 08161679 Grant Date: 24.04.2012
Publication Kind : B2
IPC:
A01H 13/00
B63B 35/00
B63G 8/00
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
01
AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
H
NEW PLANTS OR PROCESSES FOR OBTAINING THEM; PLANT REPRODUCTION BY TISSUE CULTURE TECHNIQUES
13
Algae
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63
SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
B
SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
35
Vessels or like floating structures adapted for special purposes
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63
SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
G
OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON VESSELS; MINE-LAYING; MINE-SWEEPING; SUBMARINES; AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
8
Underwater vessels, e.g. submarines
Applicants: Albus James Sacra
Lacaze Alverto Daniel
Murphy Karl Nicholas
Inventors: Albus James Sacra
Lacaze Alverto Daniel
Murphy Karl Nicholas
Agents: White-Welker & Welker, LLC
Welker, Esq. Matthew T.
Priority Data:
Title: (EN) Open ocean floating algae farm
Abstract: front page image
(EN)

An open ocean floating algae farm built around a ship. The ship provides propulsion power for navigation, storage capacity for materials and algae products, machinery for harvesting and processing the algae, housing for crew, and facilities for maintenance of the floating farm. The invention is also comprised of transparent tubes that circulate a broth of seawater saturated with CO2, nutrients, and algae. The circulation path flows from the ship through the tubes and back to the ship where the algae is filtered out to be processed. The fields of transparent tubes circulating the algae broth are supported by a square matrix of pressurized tubes filled with seawater. This matrix is neutrally buoyant and submerged just below the ocean surface. The internal pressure in the tubes causes the matrix to be stiff in the horizontal plane, but flexible in the vertical dimension so as to conform to long ocean waves.