Technology

Benefits of Algae

Aqua Feed

The positive effects of algae-based aqua feed include:

  • Proportional blend of microalgae enriched feed has been proven to enhance growth, development and stress resistance;
  • Algae content can be as high as 24% in some species;
  • Although aquaculture produces can incur slightly higher production costs, the exceptional nutritional value of the algae fed product justifies the extra expense and provides increased market value.

 

FeedMe Algae

Cultivated in the cleanest environment, with strict quality control standards, the FeedMe™ line of products offers the highest quality algae available. Each batch is cultivated in a highly controlled environment to ensure the algae is never lacking in nutrients, light etc., to ensure that every scoop of algae offers the greatest possible benefit profile.

FeedMe™ Algae uses the AEB enclosed modular high-yield, algae growth manufacturing system to produce sustainable and renewable proteins and oils. The enclosed photo-reactor system offers cost, scale and yield advantages over the open pond method.

 

Algae-based nutraceuticals

The global nutraceuticals market presents significant opportunities for Algae.Tec, with its value estimated at US$800m with a 15% growth rate.

Bulk market price ranges from US$15 to over US$100 per kg – dependent on algal species, product form (algae biomass, algae oil or extracts), product quality and nutritional value.

Algae.Tec has also signed a supply agreement with USA’s largest wholesaler of algae based nutraceutical products, Gencor Pacific.

 

Aquaculture

The global aquaculture market is set to rise rapidly. Valued at US$176.45 billion in 2017, it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.46% to reach a market size of US$219.42 billion by the year 2022.

Given the fast expansion of the global aquaculture, the demand for fishmeal and fish oil is likely to become stronger. Over the next decade, prices in real terms are expected to rise by 90% for fishmeal and 70% for fish oil.

Algae.Tec have leveraged this demand with the development of high-end algae-based aqua feed known as FeedMe Algae.

 

Cannabis Market

AEB is at the forefront of developing technologies that optimise controlled growing environments for high value natural products, including medicinal cannabis.

Algaetec

Algae.Tec uses an enclosed modular high-yield, algae growth manufacturing system to produce sustainable and renewable proteins and oils. The enclosed photo-reactor system offers cost, scale and yield advantages over the open pond method. 

In addition, 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.

The Algae.Tec technology platform therefore delivers a reliable supply of sustainable and renewable advanced algae products.

Algaetec - Nutraceuticals

Long prized by Asian cultures as both a delicacy and a rich source of healthy nutrients, algae in recent years has grown increasingly popular in western society. Algae is now seen as a “Super Food”, high in protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and a wider array of other nutrients, including B-Carotene, selenium, zinc, vitamins B-12, C and E.

Algae.Tec has established a collaborative Agreement with Nutrition Care Pty Ltd. to jointly develop algae based nutritional products. Nutrition Care is a leading Australian manufacturer of nutrition pharmaceuticals for domestic and international markets. Nutrition Care was founded by Professor Ian Brighhope who is seen a world leader in the practice of Nutritional and Environmental medicine. Nutrition Care has extensive reach into Asian markets (in particular China) with a solid reputation for premium quality and product standard. While a large variety of high value speciality algae based products and ingredients have strong production potential, the short term focus will be on Chlorella, B-Carotene, Spirulina and Omega 3 oil algae markets.

Ten species of microalgae are commercially produced at present for use as health extracts, food supplements and cosmetics. Supply is fragmented, with hallmarks of a ‘cottage industry’, however market value of existing world production has been estimated at US$800million2.

 

Algaetec - Ethanol

High carbohydrate algae species can be selectively grown to be used in the production of ethanol based fuels. These types of algae can contain very high percentages of carbohydrates. Alternatively, the carbohydrates can be converted into ethanol from lipid-extracted biomass residue in species that have been grown for their lipid production characteristics.

Algaetec Algal Oil - Nutraceuticals

Nutraceuticals are various products that range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and herbal products, to processed foods and beverages. With the correct blend of enriched nutrients using custom selected micro-algae as a source, Algae.Tec is able to deliver specialty high value oils, antioxidant-rich products and supplements, as well as edible oils and pigments, which provide a variety of health benefits. This approach is a sustainable alternative to current feedstock options, for items such as Omega-3s, which are derived from static fish supplies. The Algae.Tec advantage provides both a quality and consistent product that meets the needs of many nutraceutical applications.

The unique properties offered by algal oil show opportunity in its application toward specialty oils such as lubricants and biological oils. Algae oil has even been used in feedstock for biological 3D printing.

Algae.Tec produces more oil and hydrocarbons per land mass than any other terrestrial crop, by orders of magnitude. The Algae.Tec system is capable of cultivating algae anywhere, including marginal land or industrialized locations. Current trends in higher oil prices, continuing escalation of fossil fuel consumption, and the accelerated depletion rate of petroleum reserves have led to advances in technology as a solution to global climate change. Renewable fuels have attracted further interest in algae as a potentially new source of sustainable biofuels.

 

1. Bracmort, K, 2013. Algae’s Potential as a Transportation Biofuel - Report for Congress. Specialist in Agricultural Conservation

2. Egardt, J., Lie, O., Aulie, J., Myhre, P., 2013. Project Blue Bio. University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. USD/EUR Exchange Rate of 0.75 applied.

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