Our world is changing at a rate and to an extent that is unprecedented. World population is growing and the consequences of climate change are already being felt. We will only have a liveable future if people, animals and the plant world live in harmony. This is why at Festo we consider the bioeconomy the economic system of the future. It is our aspiration to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of today's and future generations through the cultivation of biomass on a large scale using our automatic technology.
Essential parts of the biological transformation are digitalisation, artificial intelligence and quantum sensor technology. These methods can be used to optimise the data from bioreactors in a very short time. Only when the automated cultivation of biomass is reliable, economical and high-quality will bioproduction be marketable on a large scale and be able to achieve the desired environmental results. We are working on this in cooperation with other companies and institutes.
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The precise measurement of biomass is a major challenge for biotechnology. It is important for the optimal regulation of the nutrition and gassing of the microorganisms. Festo is carrying out research with partners from science and industry on an economical calculator for measuring biomass in real time. The solution from Festo is a soft sensor for estimating the biomass. It uses existing measurement data such as temperature, pressure, pH value to provide important information on the status of the biomass in real time. Experts can use it to determine, for example, when to feed the biomass or when to harvest it.
Festo is also part of the Biointelligence Competence Center. This consortium of the most important research institutes and some pioneering companies is interested in advancing the biological transformation to sustainable ecosystems. We are interested in spreading this interdisciplinary approach from the Stuttgart region into the world.