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ALGAE CULTIVATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH REDUCED ENERGY LOSS

United States Patent Application

20170318764
A1
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An open raceway algae cultivation system includes a channel configured to contain an algae cultivation fluid. The channel includes a contraction zone having a width and a depth. A pump is configured to circulate the algae cultivation fluid in the channel. A width of the contraction zone decreases leading into the entrance of the pump and a depth of the contraction zone is greater than a depth of at least a portion of the channel located outside of the contraction zone.
Hazlebeck, David A. (El Cajon, CA)
15/ 590,441
May 9, 2017
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under award #DE-EE0006314 and award #DE-EE0007689, both awarded by the Department of Energy ("DOE"), and under sub-recipient #06-S140633 of prime award #W911NF-14-2-0017 awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ("DARPA"). The government has certain rights in the invention.