We have teamed up with researchers at the Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad, as part of the RECAP project, to advance the cultivation of algae under controlled conditions. These algae play a crucial role in their research to combat land degradation, contributing to a greener, more sustainable environment. 

The Challenge

The researchers required a photobioreactor, a specialized device tailored for cultivating algae in laboratory conditions and the key requirements included: 

Sensor Integration: The device needed to incorporate multiple sensors such as CO2, dissolved oxygen, lighting, temperature, pH, etc., to monitor cultivation conditions.

Control Capabilities: Laboratory needed the ability to control crucial parameters like temperature and light intensity to optimize algae growth conditions. 

User-Friendly Interface: A user-friendly Human-Machine Interface (HMI) was essential for bioengineers to interact with the device seamlessly. 

Logging Capabilities: Detailed logging capabilities were necessary to maintain a comprehensive history of cultivation conditions, supporting ongoing research.

The Solution

Working in close cooperation with the domain experts, we assembled a multidisciplinary team comprising electronics engineers, embedded developers, and software engineers to address the challenges. 

Precise measurement: We engineered a bespoke photobioreactor equipped with laboratory grade sensors to monitor vital parameters, enabling precise control over cultivation conditions.

Intuitive HMI: The device featured a user-friendly interface, allowing researchers to interact effortlessly and adjust settings as needed. 

Process monitoring: We implemented a robust monitoring and data accumulation system to capture detailed data on cultivation conditions, providing researchers with a comprehensive history for analysis and reference.

Solution fits the Requirements: We worked closely with the laboratory team throughout the development process, ensuring alignment with their specific requirements and research objectives. The collaborative effort between the research team and We yielded a cutting-edge solution tailored to their unique needs: 

Enhanced Research Capabilities: The photobioreactor facilitated precise control and monitoring of cultivation conditions, enabling researchers to conduct experiments with greater accuracy and efficiency.

Streamlined Workflow: The intuitive interface and logging capabilities simplified the research process, allowing researchers to focus more on analysis and experimentation. 

Future Research Opportunities: The algae cultivated using the device serve as a valuable resource for ongoing and future research projects within the microbiology department.

Moving forward, the partnership between the research team and Sigmoid paves the way for continued innovation and advancement in microbiology research, supported by a state-of-the-art photobioreactor solution tailored to their specific needs.