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BIOREACTOR SIMULATOR - continuous fermentation made easy

The BioReactor Simulator (BRS) is a universal platform for simulating anaerobic fermentation processes in a continuous mode of operation. The system is controlled by a web-based software running on an on-site server or a remote cloud solution. The high quality of the data obtained from the BioReactor Simulator allows users to gain deeper knowledge for determining the suitability of a potential feedstock for biogas production, defining the suitable organic loading rate or retention time for a given feedstock, designing suitable feeding schedules, and assessing handling or disposal conditions for digested residues.

  • Highly precise and accurate data
  • Standardisation of measurement procedures, data interpretation and reports
  • Storage and computation solution suitable for experiments with high data generation and prolonged timescales
  • Compatible with bioreactors in different configurations and sizes
Article no: 03-0000-02
BIOREACTOR SIMULATOR - continuous fermentation made easy

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Simulate continuous processes

Simulate continuous processes

The BioReactor Simulator is a universal biogas simulation platform for simulating at laboratory scale anaerobic fermentation processes in a continuous mode of operation. The system is controlled by a web-based software running on an efficient cloud computing solution accessible from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. 

The high quality of the biogas simulation data obtained from the BioReactor Simulator allows users to gain deeper knowledge and experience for determining the suitability of a potential feedstock for biogas production, defining the suitable organic loading rate or retention time for a given feedstock, designing suitable feeding schedules, and assessing handling or disposal conditions for digested residues.

Combines with different reactors

Combines with different reactors

Standardise and compare results The BioReactor Simulator provides for the standardisation of biogas simulation data interpretation, presentation and reports. This allows for data from different simulation experients, as well as laboratories around world, to be easily compared.

The BioReactor Simulator significantly reduces the time and labour demands of carrying out biogas simulations for both operating and data analysis, whilst providing useful information such as the capabilities and loading limits of a process, both of which are essential for the design and operation of biogas plants. 

Secure and reliable data logging and storage

Secure and reliable data logging and storage

The web-based software of the BioReactor Simulator is based on a cloud computing software solution, with data storage on an external server. This allows one to run experiments with high data generation for prolonged periods of time without storage and computational issues. In addition, the BioReactor Simulator provides on-board storage for data caching. Overall, users will be able to run lengthy simulation experiments knowing that data loss and storage under normal conditions is not an issue.

High accessibility for process monitoring and control

High accessibility for process monitoring and control

The powerful web-based software is easily accessible from any location with an internet connection via a verifiable industry-strength encryption. Through the use of standard protocols, the BioReactor Simulator behaves like any other unit on an internal network, secured by a user definable password. All interactions with the software are conducted through a web browser using any computer. Thus, experiment monitoring can be carried out with iPhone or iPad mobile devices, systems running on the Android platform, or Windows phones.

User friendly interface for easy setup and follow-up

User friendly interface for easy setup and follow-up

The BioReactor Simulator is a very flexible simulation platform, supporting both manual and automatic feeding, depending upon user needs. Moreover, the system supports multiplexing, allowing for the simultaneous initiation of multiple experiments at different startup times. This unmatched flexibility in combination with standardised report generation in Microsoft Excel format provides users with a simulation platform which will meet and go beyond the requirements of the most demanding biogas labs.

Follow your data in real-time  from anywhere

Follow your data in real-time from anywhere

The BioReactor Simulator cloud-based software application has been specially designed for carrying out continuous lab-scale biogas process simulations with a large number of data points over a long period of time. This easy-to-use cloud-based software application allows users to set-up an experiment, control feeding and discharging, monitor its progress, and download results with little effort. Moreover, all data is in a format that allows for easy analysis.

The Experiment Settings feature allows users to define the process parameter settings of all reactors, such as organic loading rate (OLR), hydraulic retention time (HRT), the active reactor volume, feeding interval and substrate concentration. The BioReactor Simulator supports both manual and automatic feeding and discharging modes.

In total control of a reactor

In total control of a reactor

The Feeding and Discharging feature lets users control all aspects of how and when a reactor should be fed and discharged. The BioReactor Simulator also allows users to detail the discharging times and amounts, providing for optimal and total control. All information is logged and included in a report for further data analysis and interpretation.

With the Graph feature and remote database server, users can see their experiment in real-time and from anywhere. Variations in the gas flow rate are easily monitored, and the calculated OLR and HRT values are normalised to 1 atm, 0 °C and zero moisture content. Moreover, the time intervals between data points can also be defined. Lastly, specific gas production is calculated and displayed for the period of time passed since the last reset of the calculations.

Flow cell array

Flow cell array

Working principle: liquid displacement and buoyancy. Up to 6 cells running in parallel. Built-in pressure and temperature sensor. Integrated embedded data acquisition. 
Measurement resolution: 10 ml
Measuring range: 10 to 4000 ml/h
Measuring range for instant gas flow rate: 10 to 120 ml/min
Dimension: 51 x 44 x 18 cm
Housing: plastic
Repeatability: ±1%

  • Web-based software running on a cloud solution, accessible from any location with an internet connection, via industry-strength encryption Supports both manual and automatic feeding
  • Possible to run experiments with high data generation for prolonged timescales without storage and computational issues
  • Embedded temperature and pressure sensors for real-time gas flow and volume normalisation
  • Standardised report generation in Microsoft Excel format for easy usage combined with on-line storage
  • On-board storage for data caching
  • Possibility of multiplexing, allowing for the simultaneous initiation of parallel experiments at different startup times
  • User-friendly interface for experiment follow-up
  • Power supply: 100 or 240 AC 50/60 Hz
  • Usage: indoor

For more information, see User Manual

Article number: 03-0101-01

Incubation unit with six 2 liter reactors

Incubation unit with six 2 liter reactors

Maximum number of reactors per system: 6
Reactor material: glass
Reactor volume: 2 liters
Dimension: 53 x 33 x 24 cm
Temperature control: up to 95 °C (203 °F) (precision of 0.2 °C)
Mixing in the reactor: Multifunctional agitation system with Brushless DC Motor for long-life operation. Remote speed and on/off control via BioReactor Simulator software control interface. Manually adjustable direction and time interval, as well as timer function to set time periods for reversal. Modular design for low maintenance. Rotating speed range: 10-200 rpm.

Please refer to the accessories section for the individual article numbers of components in the sample incubation unit.

Standalone reactors, configuration and size options

Standalone reactors, configuration and size options

CSTR-5S, CSTR-10S, CSTR-5G
Reactor type: CSTR Volumes: 5 l, 10 l, 5 l
Materials: high quality glass and stainless steel (AISI 316)
Mixing: Multifunctional agitation system with brushless stepper motor for long-life operation. Remote speed and on/off control via analogue voltage signal (0-12 VDC). Manually adjustable speed, direction and time interval, as well as timer function to set time periods for reversal. Modular design for low maintenance. Rotating speed range: 0-300 rpm. (Power supply sold separately)
Temperature control through external recirculation water bath (sold separately)
Dimensions: CSTR-5G: H 38 x W 24 cm, CSTR-10S: H 77.5 x W 32.5 cm, CSTR-5S: H 74.5 x W 28.5 cm
Weights: CSTR-5G: 7.8 kg, CSTR-10S: 16.5 kg, CSTR-5S: 12.8 kg
Usage: indoor applications

Please refer to the bioreactors section for various bioreactor in different sizes and configurations.

For more information, visit this link or see User Manual 

 

What Customers Say?

There are many instruments and methods on the market, but none are standardised the way the BioReactor Simulator and the other products from Bioprocess Control are. They provide market unique standardized system and methods, which makes it easy to compare results.

Mr. Bjarne Uller Senior Technology Specialist, Dong Energy

...it saves time by enabling quick and automatic batch experiments with very little manual labour, and that it is “student proof”, because the instrument does not require long experience or training before you start using it.

Mr. Aurelien Perrault Project Manager, Sludge & Energy Innovation, Thames Water, UK

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