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Algae Harvesting from Large Outdoor Ponds Using a Novel Parallel Robot System

1Mechanical Engineering Department, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA

2Engineering Technology and Management Department, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA


Journal of Computer Sciences and Applications. 2018, Vol. 6 No. 1, 38-42
DOI: 10.12691/jcsa-6-1-5
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Cite this paper:
Robert L. Williams II, Jesus Pagan. Algae Harvesting from Large Outdoor Ponds Using a Novel Parallel Robot System. Journal of Computer Sciences and Applications. 2018; 6(1):38-42. doi: 10.12691/jcsa-6-1-5.

Correspondence to: Robert  L. Williams II, Mechanical Engineering Department, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA. Email: williar4@ohio.edu

Abstract

This paper presents a novel method for effective, economical, energy-efficient algae harvesting from large (1-4 acre) outdoor circulating raceway pond systems: a portable 4-cable-suspended robot. Algae, used as an alternative energy crop to produce biofuels (and other consumer products), still remains too expensive. One of the greatest expenses in processing algae is the harvesting process. To replace the typical energy-intensive pumping of the entire pond water through algae filters, we propose using a cable-suspended robot to collect algae, which largely then drains of water while the robot translates the product to a collection point. An additional benefit of our concept, in additional to lower harvesting cost, is that the algae still growing in the pond is not shocked as in the current pumping process, leading to better, healthier yields. Further, the proposed robot system is portable, capable of harvesting multiple ponds while algae continues to grow.

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