The perfect tool for determining the biodegradability of materials

BPC® Blue

The Ultimate Choice for Material Biodegradability Assessment

BPC Blue is a state-of-art laboratory instrument specifically designed to determine the aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability of various biodegradable plastics and polymer materials in a wide range of simulated environmental conditions. The instrument is fully compliant with the most important ISO, European and American standards for biodegradability evaluation in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Featuring an automatic operation and an intuitive user-friendly design, the BPC Blue enables almost anyone to carry out the test and obtain highly accurate results.

Article no:

  • 24-0000-01 – BPC Blue Anaerobic (1.0 l)
  • 24-0000-02 – BPC Blue Aerobic (1.0 l)
  • 24-0000-03 – BPC Blue Premium (1.0 l)
  • 24-0500-01 – BPC Anaerobic (1.0 l) DUO
  • 24-0500-02 – BPC Blue Premium (1.0 l) DUO
  • 25-0000-01 – BPC Blue Anaerobic (2.0 l) Light
  • 25-0000-02 – BPC Blue Aerobic (2.0 l) Light
  • 25-0000-03 – BPC Blue Premium (2.0 l) Light
  • 25-0500-01 – BPC Anaerobic (2.0 l) Light DUO
  • 25-0500-02 – BPC Blue Premium (2.0 l) Light DUO


Web-based convenience: The user-friendly web-based software running on an embedded server, eliminating the need for software installation on PC, tablet
or smartphones.

Remote access: BPC Blue can be accessed remotely and locally from any device with a web browser, providing flexibility and convenience.

Automated measurement: Enjoy automatic measurements with real-time pressure, temperature, and moisture compensation, ensuring accurate and reliable data acquisition.

Real-time biodegradability calculation: Experience the convenience of real-time biodegradability calculation, eliminating the need for manual data processing. The instrument automatically performs the calculations as the experiment progresses. 

Calibration-free operation: BPC Blue operates without the need for calibration, simplifying maintenance and ensuring consistent performance.

Multiplexing potential: Take advantage of the multiplexing capability, allowing simultaneous biodegradability analysis with different start-up times.

Easy maintenance: The modular design of BPC Blue facilitates easy exchange, making maintenance hassle-free.  

Local data storage: All data is stored locally on the instrument, eliminating the dependence on external computers and ensuring data security. 

Streamlined data processing: Export data as a spreadsheet for further analysis, featuring a uniform time axis for easy processing and interpretation.  

High data storage capacity: With remarkable capacity of 7200 l of gas per channel, BPC Blue enables extensive data collection and analysis.  

Effective agitation: Benefit from proven strong, reliable, and multifunctional agitation, ensuring optimal mixing and reaction conditions.  

Various time intervals: BPC Blue generates outputs at customizable time intervals, ranging from a data point very minute to one every day, providing flexibility for your specific needs.


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BPC Blue working principle



Why choose BPC Blue?

If you need to determine the biodegradability of a material, BPC Blue is the ideal instrument for the job. With its 18 (or 9) channels, you can test multiple samples at once, saving time and cost. Setting up a test is quick and easy, taking only 2-3 hours. After that, the instrument automatically performs sampling, analysis, recording and report generation for a seamless testing experience, including:

  • A pre-calibrated instrument with excellent precision and accuracy
  • User friendly, automatic operation with minimal time and labour demands
  • Standardised measurements, data processing, and reports
  • Easy-to-use software that calculates and presents the biodegradability in real time
BPC Blue aerobic with gas absorption attachment unit GAAA for aerobic biodegradability tests
Gas bags for gas storage and collection BPC

Evaluate both aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability

BPC Blue offers the possibility to both evaluate the aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability of a material. For anaerobic analysis, BPC® Blue Anaerobic delivers precise and efficient data analysis of biogas release in various aqueous media, controlled slurry digestion systems, and high-solids anaerobic digestion settings. Meanwhile, for aerobic analysis, BPC® Blue Aerobic works in conjunction with BPC’s patented in-situ carbon dioxide absorption kit, which transforms it into a closed respirometer system that measures oxygen demand.

Configurations of BPC Blue

BPC Blue offers three different configurations to suit your testing needs: Aerobic for aerobic tests, Anaerobic for anaerobic tests, and Premium for both aerobic and anaerobic tests. Additionally, each configuration of BPC Blue is available in two versions: the standard 18-channel version and the more compact 9-channel Light version.

Close up of BPC Core with 9ML flow cell units FCU for gas flow measurements
gas absorption attachment unit GAA for aerobic biodegradability tests

User-Friendly operation

In comparison to conventional techniques or other available alternatives, BPC Blue greatly reduces the need for manual labour and minimises labour the likelihood of human errors. Once experiment preparation and setup are completed, BPC Blue seamlessly takes charge of the entire running process, ensuring an automated test until completion. This allows for real-time review and calculation of experimental data, which can be conveniently accessed anytime through the software Aurora™ user interface and a downloaded report.

Streamlined with embedded solution

Bid farewell to external computers and embrace the convenience of BPC Blue. Equipped with a generous storage capacity of 15 million data points, it allows you to collect up to 130,000 liters of gas per experiment, making it the perfect tool for your research and development needs. With built-in storage and processing capabilities, thanks to its onboard embedded microcontroller, BPC Blue efficiently stores all measurement data locally. This eliminates concerns about data loss caused by computer crashes or automatic operational system upgrades, saving you valuable time and effort. Say goodbye to interruptions and enjoy seamless operation with BPC Blue.

close up image of thermostatic water bath control BPC

AURORA™ Software, pre-installed on BPC Blue

Elevate process analysis and monitoring with Aurora™ software

Aurora™ is BPC Instruments’ cutting-edge software solution for its lab instruments, bringing your experiments to life. With its streamlined design, setting up experient, monitoring progress, and downloading results becomes effortless. Aurora™ comes pre-installed on BPC Blue, eliminating the need for software licences or installation on an external computer.

Screen shot showing our Aurora software for BPC Blue
Row of flow cell units FCU for gas flow measurements

Realtime data standardisation

Through real-time temperature and pressure compensation, Aurora™ normalises the measured gas volume and flow under standard conditions (i.e., 0 °C, 1 atm and zero moisture) at each measurement point. This allows seamless switching between volume and mass units during an experiment and facilitates easy data comparison between different laboratories worldwide.

Observe biodegradation in real-time

With BPC Blue’s integrated Auroa™ software, you can witness the calculation of biodegradability in real-time. This includes value, standard deviation, deduction of negative control, and conversion into percent biodegradability. The results are presented in visually appealing graphs, enhancing the overall user experience.

Thermostatic water bath containing reactors bottles with motorised agitation units attached

Access results anywhere, anytime, on any device

BPC Blue is designed for convenient access from any remote location using a web browser on your preferred device. Monitor your experiment from the comfort of your office, or home using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Expand the analytical capacity of BPC Blue effortlessly by connecting multiple instruments together with an Ethernet switch. With this feature, each BPC Blue can operate as a standalone device or be connected in parallel, catering to your specific needs.

Screen shot showing our Aurora software for BPC Blue

Powerful and reliable agitation

The agitation system integrated into BPC Blue is powered by high-quality multifunction brushless step motors. This robust system ensures the delivery of gentle, precise, and reliable agitation within a gas-tight environment.

BPC Blue configurations

BPC Blue offers two versions: a standard 18-channel version and a more compact 9-channel Light version. Both versions are available in five configurations: Aerobic, Anaerobic, Anaerobic DUO, Premium, and Premium DUO packages. Below are some of the most commonly used configurations. If you require more information about system configurations, please reach out to our product specialist by completing the online inquiry form located at the bottom of the page.


For aerobic biodegradation tests

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BPC Blue for aerobic biodegradability tests
BPC Blue for anaerobic biodegradability tests


For anaerobic biodegradation tests

Photo for BPC Blue Anaerobic (24-0000-01)


For both aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation test

Photo for BPC Blue Premium DUO (24-0500-02)

BPC Blue premium for anaerobic and aerobic biodegradability compostability analysis



BPC Blue

technical document

Biodegradability standards


Technical Specifications

BPC Blue aerobic with gas absorption attachment unit GAAA for aerobic biodegradability tests

Sample incubation unit

  • Maximum number of reactors per system: 18 and 9
  • Reactor material: glass
  • Standard reactor volume: 1000 ml and 2000 ml
  • Type: Thermostatic water bath
  • Dimension: 68 x 56 x 33 cm (Thermostatic water bath)
  • Temperature control: up to 60 °C (203 °F) with a precision of 0.2 °C
  • Mixing in the reactor: multifunction mechanical agitation with brushless DC motors (adjustable interval, speed, and rotation directions), max. speed 220 rpm
Gas bags for gas storage and collection BPC

Aerobic configuration

  • In-situ gas absorption attachments: 18 and 9
  • Volume of in-situ gas absorption attachment: 100 ml
  • Recommended absorption liquid: 3 M NaOH with pH indicator
  • Absorption efficiency: >98%
  • Gas bags: 3 x 10 L


*Absorption liquid is not included with the instrument

Flow cell array and DAQ unit

  • Working principle: liquid displacement and buoyancy
  • Number of flow cell units: 18 and 9
  • Unit dimension: 55 x 19 x 17 cm
  • Built-in sensors: temperature, pressure, hall, accelerometer
  • Connections: Ethernet, power supply, USB B, motor control
  • Display: OLED 2.8” 256 x 64 white
  • Housing: Aluminium and plastic
  • Power supply: 12 V DC / 1.0 A with 100-240 VAC
  • Usage: Indoor
  • Measurement medium: Deionised or distilled water
  • Operation temperature: 0 – 50o C
  • Operation pressure: -50 – 50 mbar
  • Gas connector diameter: ID: 2.4 – 2.6 mm; OD: 4.2-4.7 mm
  • Recommended tubing size: ID: 4 mm; OD: 6 mm
  • Measuring resolution: 9 ml or 2 ml 
  • Detection capacity: 7200 liters with 9 ml flow cell and 1600 liters with 2 ml flow cell
  • Measuring range: 1 to 6000 ml/h for 9 ml flow cell and 0.2 to 1500 ml/h
  • Repeatability: CV ≤ 1% for 9 ml flow cell and CV ≤ 3% for 2 ml flow cell
  • Gases: Non aggressive gases (e.g. CH4 , CO2 , H2 , N2 ,…)
BPC Core Blue with flow cell units detection unit for gas flow measurements

Revolutionising incubation - cooling and heating with BPC Air

BPC Blue can be coupled with our new BPC Air incubation unit instead of a traditional thermostatic water bath.

The BPC Air is an air-based incubator specifically designed to seamlessly integrate with our respirometer systems. By combining BPC Blue with BPC Air, you can run tests at a range of temperatures with both heating and cooling (10 – 60 oC) for long periods of time, without worrying about refilling your incubation medium.

Available for both aerobic and anaerobic configurations, BPC Air also offers lower power consumption and is a highly mobile instrument that can fit into most available laboratory areas.



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