Bioremediation | Water pollution | Algae
Carried out at
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London
Nancy Diniz | Course Leader
Carole Collet | Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures
Alice Taylor | Lecturer of Biology and Living Systems
Shem Johnson | Grow Lab Specialist Technician
Saul Purton | Head of the U.K. Algae Network (UCL)
London — UK
Feb. — March 2020
Using restorative design to clean the London Canal. Bioremediating water through phycormediation, using upcycled material.
This project was developed from a Parachlorella Kessleri strain, provided by Saul Purton, Head of the U.K. Algae Network (UCL). This strain is capable of simultaneously growing in and bioremediating contaminated environments, by digesting contamination. The resulted bioreactor has been designed to be set up on London barges to bioremediate the Regent's canal (Central London), contaminated by heavy metals.
Gin bottles, resulted from distillery solid waste, are used as bioreactor containers. In this way, this project develop a restorative design upcycling local waste, while being accessible for many barge holders due to its low cost. Moreover its modulability allows it to set it up on different supports.
Parachlorella kessleri algae strain | Magnification: 10X, 20X, 40X.
Experiments set-up | Variants: nutrients, light, temperature, algae concentration.
Algae bioreactor set-up on London barges | Regent's Canal, London.