The Algae Grower UP014

The Algae Grower simplifies the process of growing spirulina (a non-toxic blue-green algae) at home, and can produce five grams of biomass per day – enough to satisfy the needs of an average adult. The prototype device is designed to fit on a kitchen counter and uses photobioreactor processes to provide the culture with light, heat and air. When it’s ready to be eaten, the spirulina can be collected from a small drawer.

Developed by Maurizio Vrenna, a designer, maker, and academic at Politecnico di Torino in Italy, in partnership with the Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Algae Grower was initially published on Wikifactory: a social platform for collaborative product development.