About Us

Varicon Aqua is an original equipment manufacturer and consumable supplier based in the UK. Our team has more than 30 years’ experience designing, constructing and deploying algae photobioreactors and aquaculture production systems worldwide. We design, supply, install and commission both laboratory and industrial scale platforms for the cultivation of algae to a broad range of commercial and academic partners. To this end we employ a dedicated team of technicians, researchers, engineers and algal biologists who understand algal bioprocesses; from wastewater treatment to bulk and high value production. This unique experience gives us a competitive advantage when working with clients, allowing us to provide bespoke photobioreactor systems for a wide range of applications. We pride ourselves on our ability to support our clients from conception through commissioning and exploitation.

To date we have deployed over 160 photobioreactor systems across the globe, ranging from 5 L to 400,000 L scale. All Varicon systems are built to high specifications using precision manufacturing processes. Previous installations include our bestselling manifold horizontal tubular system the BioFence™. Building from this success our current first in class system is the serpentine Phyco-Flow™. Newer developments include our vertical column photobioreactors, the Phyco-Lift and Phyco-Bubble; and our internally illuminated reactor, the Phyco-Pyxis™. In addition to photobioreactor systems we also specialise in providing the auxiliary equipment necessary for running a successful algal platform. This includes equipment for process monitoring and control, as well as apparatus for downstream processing and lighting. Furthermore, we supply a broad range of specialised Cell-Hi nutrient and culture media as well as concentrates, aquaculture feeds and water treatments.