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While most raceways are large ponds, built outdoors, to maximize the use of natural sunlight, they can struggle to perform in those open environments.
Raceway materials have to be selected by more than just their cost or suitability for algae production.
Algae raceways of all sizes and styles need impermeable lining solutions.
Raceway ponds are affordable and effective algaculture systems that are usually built to take advantage of natural sunlight.
While it’s common to see advanced glass or plastic bioreactors displayed in articles about commercial algaculture, many facilities actually rely on open raceways or ponds instead.
As much as algae tend to take over everything from aquariums to natural lakes, it’s surprising that it needs any care at all to flourish.
With so many promising uses for algae, it’s a wonder that the commercial algaculture industry is still relatively new and small.
While algae have been cultured somewhat informally around the world for many centuries as a food or feed source, large scale commercial production is still relatively new.