An easy-to-operate field instrument for checking ballast water

With the bbe 10cells device we have used our manufacturing experience of more than 2 decades of chlorophyll instrument production to venture into new measurement dimensions – the detection of single living algal

Microalgae are an ideal indicator in many applications since they make up the largest part of the biomass of small organisms. The I0cells is thus always the right choice when the smallest possible algal concentration has to be detected. The determination of the amount of algae is an ideal parameter for ballast water quality assessment. Using a modified PAM procedure (patent) the 10cells achieves a very low detection rate of only one living cell per ml. Thus, it is 10 times more sensitive than the limit required by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) and up to 100 times more sensitive than any other commercially available ballast water analysis instrument. Other typical applications are process control for drinking water production in waterworks or cooling water production in industrial plants. In daily use, the 10cells supports the controlled and efficient dosing of flocculants or biocides.

An instrument for quick indicative analysis of viable algae cells in a water sample

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Features & Informations

This is the bbe 10cells original

This is the new and smaller bbe 10cells

Advantages of measurements with 10cells

  • Field instrument with the highest sensitivity on the market
  • complience with IMO regulations
  • quick indicative analysis
  • Detection limit 1 living cell/ml
  • Wthout chemicals
  • Measuring time less than a minute
  • Robust
  • Simple operation
  • 10“ Display
  • Data logger function
  • Portable operation using batteries

Applications - Water Quality Monitoring

Harbour Authorities:

  • Quick tests
  • Conceived for portable use

BWT Plant Production:

  • Helps to achieve correct dosing of Cl2, ClO2, O3 and UV radiation
  • Improves the efficiency of treatment plants

Ship Owners:

  • Cost reduction due to detection of IMO-conform ballast water treatment

Technical specification of the 10cells

Description Value
Measurands Living algae cells
Measuring range 1 – 20,000 cells per ml
Detection limit 1 cell per ml (depending on filtrated volume)
Weight 2.5 kg
Dimensions (H x B x T) 25.8 x 24.3 x 11.7 cm
Protection class
  • IP54 with closed case
  • IP22 with open case
Voltage 100 – 240 V / 50 – 60 Hz
Filter 8 μm standard (min. 0.2 μm)
  • Sample: 5 to 55 °C /
  • Environment: 5 to 35 °C (short-term)
Software bbe I0cells-Software

10 cells

Item number: BG0061.0000

The bbe 10cells is a light field instrument for the quantification of live cells in ballast water.

  • data logging function
  • internal rechargeable batteries
  • easy operation
  • 10" touch screen
  • detection limit 1 live cell / ml
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Filter-Kits for 10cells

Item number: BG0060.0011

50 pc. Filter Kit consisting each of 1 filter block and a syringe.


Downloads & Information about the 10cells

Manuals, software and further informations for this product may be available in the internal area for registered users.