Algae production basically includes the sourcing of carbon dioxide, water, nutrients and light energy to the photosynthesis system for conversion to algae of a specific composition.
High protein content algae biomass for the animal food market, replacing agricultural-based protein sources (e.g., soybean meal).
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Sunlight provides the main energy source for conversion of CO2 and water into algae, generally 70% to 85% of the total energy requirements. Only the visible light portion of sunlight is useful for algae production and more specifically certain wavelengths are more efficiently absorbed.
There are a number of potential carbon dioxide stackgas sources with high CO2 concentrations preferable for algae production, including power plants and energy intensive manufacturing facilities.
Water provides the critical hydrogen source for photosynthesis. Various algae species thrive in fresh water and/or high salinity water environments. Certain wastewater streams, containing high levels of nutrients, may also be effectively utilised for algae production.
The Algae.Tec system is designed to capture carbon dioxide waste (Carbon Capture and Storage CCS) from power plants and manufacturing facilities, which feeds into the algae growth system.
Feedstock source for biomass power generation with substitution of fossil fuels.
Conversion of residual biomass following oil extraction to renewable distillates.
There exists a large variety of high value speciality algae based products and ingredients that have strong production potential. The short term focus will be on Chlorella, B-Carotene, Spirulina and Omega 3 oil algae markets.
Approximately 1,000 algae species studied show as potential for biofuels. Algae.Tec’s primary focus has been directed toward microalgae as the most efficient photosynthesis species for biofuels production.
Biodiesel has been produced commercially in Europe since the early 1990’s. Currently Europe accounts for more than 80% of global biodiesel consumption. Since 2006, biodiesel capacity has more than doubled.
AlgaeTec has signed a memorandum of understanding with German carrier Lufthansa. The accord triggered joint evaluation of the potential for aviation biofuel to be developed from clear algae oil.