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BioProcess Algae on Biofuels Digest Hot 30 and Hot 40

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 12:10 PM

On Nov. 10, 2014, BioProcess Algae was listed #30 on Biofuels Digest's 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials and #21 on its 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy

The 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials "recognize innovation and achievement in biobased chemicals and materials development," according to Biofuels Digest and the 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy "recognizes innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals and materials by emerging companies." Both rankings consist of 50 percent of votes from an invited panel and the other 50 percent from Biofuels Digest subscribers. 

We are honored to be included alongside many great companies in the 2014 rankings! 




Tags: BioProcess Algae, algae, biofuels digest, hot 30, hot 40

Senator Whitehouse Visits BioProcess Algae in Shenandoah, Iowa

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

On Wednesday, March 19, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) stopped by our algae production facility in Shenandoah, Iowa. Senator Whitehouse brought his climate change message to Iowa, at the invitation of Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, also a strong supporter of action on climate change. 

The visit to Shenandoah included a tour of the Green Plains ethanol plant, followed by a tour of the BioProcess Algae facility so Senator Whitehouse could see how our algae facility uses the CO2 from the ethanol production process. 

Pictured below from left to right: Thiru Viswanathan, BioProcess Algae; Mike Melillo, BioProcess Algae; IA State Senator Rob Hogg; US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Tim Burns, CEO BioProcess Algae; Ryan Brock, Green Plains; Gregg Connell, Shenandoah Chamber & Industry; Toby Ahrens, BioProcess Algae

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Tags: BioProcess Algae, Senator Whitehouse, green plains, algae, Iowa, tim burns, Senator Hogg

It's snowing and the algae is still growing

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 09:31 AM

Did you know you can grow algae all year long? Even in Iowa with the changing seasons. Yesterday, snow hit the midwest. But look! Algae keeps on growing. 

Pictured below is one of our algae bioreactors in Shenandoah, Iowa. 

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Tags: Shenandoah, winter, grower harvester, algae, Iowa, bioreactor, snow

Congressman Braley visits BioProcess Algae in Shenandoah

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 @ 12:52 PM

On Tuesday, November 26, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley came to visit the BioProcess Algae facility in Shenandoah, Iowa. He and his staff toured the facility and got to speak with both the staff of BioProcess Algae and Green Plains, the site of the facility. 

Congressman Braley serves Iowa's 1st congressional district, serving since 2007. He is Iowa's Democratic U.S. Senate candidate for the 2014 election. 

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Tags: Congressman Braley, green plains, algae, Iowa

BioProcess Algae: Update

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Yesterday, Green Plains, our joint venture partner, had their third quarter 2013 financial results conference call. On the call, Green Plains CEO Todd Becker gave an update on our algae facility that is co-located with the Green Plains Shenandoah ethanol plant. Here is what Todd reported on in the call: 

  • Retrofit of Grower Harvester biorecators has been completed with solid yield improvements. 
  • We are now growing algae autotrophically in final growth phase for increase yields without sunlight. This is combined with main output for growth (CO2, warm water and waste heat); a mixotrophic process. 
  • A fermentation tank will be installed this week inside the Shenandoah ethanol plant where algae will be fed waste sugars from the ethanol process. 
  • DOE scope is being finalized to determine what the platform will look like in 2014 and 2015. 
  • We are focusing on product development efforts in nutraceuticals, fish meal, fish oil replacement, and different uses in human nutrition. 
  • We have hired a new VP of business development who will work to secure strategic partners and customers. 
  • We have produced 21 tons of dried biomass since ramped up production last year. 
  • Product is being shipped out this week for fish meal trials. 
To listen to the Green Plains third quarter financial results conference call from yesterday, visit the Events and Presentations page of their website here
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Our largest 400 ft. reactor before inoculation. 

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New Video shows BioProcess Algae's harvest process in Shenandoah. Watch it here. 

Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, ethanol, doe, sugars, green plains, grower harvester, todd becker, mixotrophic, algae, bioreactor

BioProcess Algae and Green Plains Host Conference Tour

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

This past week, BioProcess Algae and Green Plains hosted a tour of our algae and ethanol facilities and how the two work side-by-side. The group was split up in two. While half of the group toured BioProcess Algae led by our CEO Tim Burns, the other half got to check out the ethanol production process with tour guide Ryan Brock, Green Plains Shenandoah Lab Manager. Then after the groups toured their first facility, they switched to the other.

We had a great time! We had a lot of interested parties from various companies and industries and they came equipped with lots of questions. We were very excited to show all of the innovative happenings going on in Shenandoah, Iowa. 

The tour was part of the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo that was held this year in Omaha, Nebraska. Tim Burns, our CEO, had the opportunity to present and talk algae with the conference attendees. 

You can find out more about the conference here. 

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Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, ethanol, green plains, algae, Iowa, co-location, tim burns

National Reporters Visit Green Plains Shenandoah and BioProcess Algae

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

We had national reporters stop by our Shenandoah location last week. Read the story by Perry Beeman at the Des Moines Register. 

To find the story, click here

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Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, ethanol, biofuel, green plains, algae, Iowa

BioProcess Algae: Photo of the Day

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:15 AM
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BioProcess Algae Biofarmer inspecting crop prior to harvest. 

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BioProcess Algae Photo of the Day: Before

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 05:47 PM
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Getting Grower Harvester ready for a new algae strain.

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BioProcess Algae Teams Up with Two Partners on DOE Project

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 10:23 AM

On April 22, 2013, we announced that we had been selected to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery project related to the production of military fuels. We’ll be using renewable carbon dioxide, lignocellulosic sugars and waste heat through our Grower Harvester technology platform, and as part of this exciting project, we will team up with two partners who will help make it all possible. We would like to congratulate Sweetwater Energy and Elevance Renewable Sciences and we look forward to working with each of them on this project.

Sweetwater Energy

Sweetwater Energy uses a patented, decentralized technology to produce low-cost sugars from non-food plant materials. For the project, we will feed Sweetwater’s cellulosic sugar to our algae to convert to high-quality advanced biofuels. Sweetwater produces sugars for a wide variety of applications and can optimize their sugars for our technology. 

“Everyone at Sweetwater is very excited about working with BioProcess Algae on this project,” says Arunas Chesonis, Chairman and CEO of Sweetwater. “Right from the beginning we knew that we wanted to produce sugars that were ideal for a wide variety of applications. We can’t wait to fine tune our sugars to work optimally with BioProcess Algae’s technology to create military-grade hydrocarbon fuels. We feel this is just the beginning of a partnership with terrific potential.”

Elevance Renewable Sciences

As part of our project proposal, we have also teamed up with Elevance, who intends to convert our algal oils into a combination of aviation and diesel fuels for military jets and ships. Elevance was selected based on their low-cost operating technology that’s been demonstrated at commercial production and their ability to work with algal oils. While Elevance continues to focus on developing high-performance molecules for high-value specialty chemical markets, using metathesis technology to convert algal oils into drop-in biofuels presents an opportunity to demonstrate the robust market and feedstock options available to the Elevance technology platform.

To read more about our project click here. 

Tags: BioProcess Algae, doe, military fuels, carbon dioxide, algae