General MAF technology for microalgae harvesting at VITO
Harvesting of phototrophic micro-algae refers to dewatering of the algae growth culture to obtain a more concentrated biomass. Centrifugation is often used, but shear forces may damage fragile algae species. An integrated technology for algae pre-concentration and medium re-use was developed by VITO. It concerns a submerged membrane-based technology named MAF (Membrane based Algae Filtration).