A bioreactor sounds all technical but really all it comprises of is a manufactured or engineered device that can support an environment. Normally this will mean that a chemical process that involves living organisms that create a bio product. The process is typically anaerobic however it’s also not that uncommon to have some form of aerobic activity as well. The shape of the container holding this bio diverse life has an impact on the output and chemical reaction and the best known solution thus far is cylindrical and made of stainless steel. The use of stainless steel is quite important as it is resistant to the bio life and does not rust, rot, or decay itself. The environment that is contained is quite harsh on most materials. The cost upfront is well worth it long term.
The main purpose of the bio reactor is to promote cell and tissues to grow, and multiply, and break down waste that would otherwise cause us pollution or would need to be dumped in a landfill site. There are some brilliant bi products produced from this process. As mentioned we will breakdown waste material which is often now a rich nutrient base to stimulate plant growth. Mulch, or fertiliser if you like. The interesting output of the process is heat. We can actually harness this energy for to heat water.
The benefits to the environment of using a bioreactor over filling a landfill with toxic waste speak for themselves and hardly need any validation from me. The positive outcome of the use of such technology will result in reduce carbon emissions as well as helping to reduce climate change. Whilst we implement these important technological changes in conjunction with other important methods such as sash window draught proofing, or home insulation, and solar power, we help to create a sustainable future for our children to come.
Whilst we strive to develop further technologies elsewhere, including ocean thermal energy conversion, we create endless possibility of a zero energy planet. The reliance on fossil fuels continues to dwindle and there is some speculation large energy companies recognise that to stay in control they need to provide renewable energy as opposed to archaic fossil versions, as well as the need to help governments conserve energy better. There is still enough consumption for profit, without pure wastage.
A bioreactor is not the cheapest or easiest way you can help at home but if your producing waste that would otherwise pollute it is an excellent solution to helping our effort in saving the planet. If you’d like to know more about bioreactors, or home installation of one then please feel free to get in touch and I will personally help you construct and resign one to best fit your situation. Bio reactors range in size from litres to metres cubed. I’ve made all of them and in between.