Microalgae are utilized for a wide range of products including nutraceuticals, biofuels and animal feed. Some algal cells require significant high pressures to disrupt due to their rigid cell wall. Our technology excels with this task and can also protect intracellular contents purity and quality.

Application Notes - Algae Cell Disruption

Many of our clients are using our Cell Homogenizers for their application needs to disrupt Algae - Microalgae cells. Our Homogenizer systems offer highly efficient cell disruption, scalability and applicability on concentrated algal - microalgae slurries.

Based upon published research papers; for microalgae cell disruptions (depending upon the type of algae), 10 to 300 MPa (3000 bar) pressure and 1 to 2 passes are usually recommended.

The STANSTED high pressure homogenizer range provides controllable, repeatable, and optimal combination of processing pressure and passes for microalgae. The before and after processing images demonstrate the high lysis efficiency our STANSTED homogenizers achieve.

Cell Disruptor for Algae.

Fig A, B - Unprocessed Algae suspension.

Fig C, D, E, F - Processed Microalgae suspension after different processing conditions.

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Features & benefits of our technology

  Adjustable process pressure from 1,500 psi (100 bar) to 60,000 psi (4200 bar) - the highest for this technology.

  Possible increases in the extraction yield of several intracellular compounds.

  Easy to scale from Lab R&D to full production systems up to 1000 l/h and more.

  Sophisticated options for temperature control for all stages of homogenization.

  Easy to use and easy to clean with low ongoing ownership costs.

Microalgae Production Homogenizer

With feed and discharge reservoirs. Process volumes in excess of 1000 l/h (system configuration dependant).

Production scale Homogenizer for microalgae.

Lab SPCH model

Highly versatile with sample sizes from 1m to 35ml and processing volumes up to 16 L per hour.

Cell homogenizer for Algae.

European CE and other international safety standards compliant construction.

Dimensions and Weight of SPCH Lab models

(basic configuration)
Width approx. 550mm (21.7″)
Depth approx. 600mm (23.6″)
Height approx. 670mm (26.7″)
Weight approx. 125 kg (275 lb)

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1. Bernaerts, T.M., Gheysen, L., Kyomugasho, C., Kermani, Z.J., Vandionant, S., Foubert, I., Hendrickx, M.E. and Van Loey, A.M., 2018. Comparison of microalgal biomasses as functional food ingredients: Focus on the composition of cell wall related polysaccharides. Algal Research, 32, pp.150-161.

2. Balduyck, L., Bruneel, C., Goiris, K., Dejonghe, C. and Foubert, I., 2018. Influence of high pressure homogenization on free fatty acid formation in Nannochloropsis sp. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, 120(4), p.1700436.