Algaerium Bioprinter by Marin Sawa
The ‘Algaerium Bioprinter’ envisions how microalgal cells can be grown and digitally printed for production of ‘fresh’ food supplements, organic dyes on paper, and printable biological solar batteries. The solar battery application is based on my current laboratory collaboration with biochemists working in bioenergy from microalgae. This Bioprinter concept is backed up by our newly invented biotechnology ‘Algae Printing’.
Algae Printing applies various biotechnological strains of microalgae as inkjet-printing inks, to suit one of the applications as required. The Algaerium inkjet cartridge acts as an aesthetic photobioreactor, growing microalgae as ‘living inks’. The living ink is micro cells alive with ‘photopigments’ for photosynthesis. The ink cartridge design is part of the Algaerium Bioprinter concept design which supports oxygenic photosynthesis, feeding algae on the surrounding CO2 and light in the urban indoor environment.
In the case of printing ‘superfood’ Chlorella cells onto edible paper, Algae Printing connects current excitements in between food printing and ‘superfood’ algae. The Algae Printing technology provides a process in which cells can be ruptured and their nutrients can be readily absorbed. At maco scale, localisation of biotechnological production is introduced through reinventing existing digital technologies and their technoscientifc objects (printers, laptops, ink cartridges, etc).
The research in collaboration with Imperial College London (The Nixon Group and Hellgardt