BioProcess Algae Blog

Algae Biomass Organization Congratulates BioProcess Algae for Department of Energy Biorefinery Support

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2013 – The  Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, congratulated one of its member companies, BioProcess Algae LLC, for being selected by the Department of Energy to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million for a pilot-scale biorefinery project that will advance biofuel technologies as a domestic alternative to power our cars, trucks, and planes that meet military specifications for jet fuel and shipboard diesel.

“We’re thrilled BioProcess Algae has been selected as one of four pilot biorefineries that will receive support to accelerate the availability of advanced, renewable biofuels,” said Mary Rosenthal, executive director of ABO. “The United States has a long history of supporting new energy technologies, and the Department of Energy’s selection is a testament to BioProcess Algae’s impressive progress and the potential for algae to provide America with renewable, domestic biofuels that don’t compete with food or fresh water.”

Products made from algae are the natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing our world today. Algae have the power to simultaneously put fuels in our vehicles, recycle CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans without significant impacts on valuable agricultural land or fresh water. More information can be found at

About the Algae Biomass Organization

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website:

Tags: BioProcess Algae, doe, ABO, biofuel, algae, military

And it all begins with basic biology...

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Article by Chris Maloney, BioProcess Algae's Director of Biology

The bulk of BioProcess Algae's biological work currently takes place at facilities in midcoast Maine. The Biology Department is first tasked with identifying important strains with desirable characteristics that are based on business development requests. Next, the Biology Department works to optimize those strain characteristics, identify and refine the specific culturing parameters, and finally set the biological groundwork that helps to inform the operational protocols that will be employed at scale. 

Once a strain is identified and optimized, the culture is “up-scaled” for further analysis and trials. If the strain passes all of these tests, that we like to call our “algae boot camp," the strain is grown to levels that will be shipped for use at the pilot and eventually commercial scale. This is the truly challenging point at which the scientific and the engineering processes come together in the operations arena. From here, the strain will be grown at levels that will be moved on to commercial partners. 

Algae can be deceptively hearty on the one hand and extremely fragile on the other. The trick is in finding the correct balance to sustain a healthy, happy and productive strain via a unique, and ultimately, pampering culturing process. And it all begins with basic biology...

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Tags: biology, chris maloney, maine, algae

BioProcess Algae Harvest in Shenandoah - VIDEO

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Thu, Apr 04, 2013 @ 04:51 PM

Check out our Grower Harvester™ technology in action! 

This video gives a whole new meaning to agriculture in the midwest. Watch as algae is being harvested from our Grower Harvester™ platform co-located with Green Plains in Shenandoah, Iowa. 


  • High density harvest can be seen in our Grower Harvester™ basin as the algae biofilm is dislodged from our proprietary high surface area attach growth substrate. This density will continue to concentrate as the algae is sprayed into basin.
  • High protein, omega-3 rich biomass is dewatered through on-site filtration and centrifugation.
  • Dewatered pastes are currently dried with high capacity on-site drying capabilities. 
  • Dried powders are then ready for shipment to downstream partners for a variety of markets.

Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, harvest, green plains, biomass, algae, Iowa, co-location, video, Omega-3

BioProcess Algae CEO is Guest Speaker in Shenandoah

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

Tomorrow night, Tim Burns, BioProcess Algae CEO, will present at the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association's annual meeting at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Country Club in Shenandoah, Iowa. 

Tim will discuss our algae project at the Green Plains ethanol plant in Shenandoah. He'll cover how it started, where it is today and provide an overview of what's to come.  

If you are in the Shenandoah area and want to make a reservation to the the annual meeting, contact the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association office at 712.246.3455. 

Tim Burns

Tim Burns, BioProcess Algae CEO

Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, algae, Iowa, tim burns

BioProcess Algae Update

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

On Thursday of this week, Green Plains had their fourth quarter and full-year 2012 financial results conference call. Green Plains is one of our joint venture partners and our co-location algae facility is located at their Shenandoah, Iowa ethanol plant. 

Todd Becker, Green Plains President & CEO, gave listeners of the call an update on BioProcess Algae and our plans for the future. Here are some of Mr. Becker's talking points from yesterday: 

  • Offtake demand has exceeded phase III so we started phase IV to meet those needs
  • In phase IV we plan to build 10 additional 400 ft. reactors and expect completion of those at the end of this year
  • When additional reactors are completed, our total capacity will be between 350 and 400 tons of dry wholesale algae, approximately 1 ton, per day
  • Joint development agreements are in place and under development
  • We are working on high value protein replacements for animal feed
  • We have several continuing initiatives within the nutraceutical sectors
  • Agricultural trials are underway 

You can check out the entire call from yesterday and all of Todd's comments on BioProcess Algae by visiting the Green Plains' website:


Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, Phase IV, green plains, Phase III, algae, Iowa, co-location

Senator Harkin and Congressman Boswell Visit BioProcess Algae

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 05:02 PM

This afternoon, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Leonard Boswell of Iowa's 3rd district stopped by BioProcess Algae at Green Plains in Shenandoah, Iowa to check out the Phase III algae project. 

Our Phase III project is close to completion. Construction of the reactors on three of the five acres is complete and the facilites were inoculated with algae in October. 

Pictured below from left to right: Thiru Viswanathan of BioProcess Algae, Senator Harkin and Congressman Boswell. 

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For more photos, check out our Facebook page. 

Tags: Shenandoah, Phase III, Congressman Boswell, algae, Iowa, Senator Harkin

Phase III Algae Construction Update

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 05:00 PM

BioProcess Algae’s team of operators, engineers and biologist have many incredible strides over the past two weeks in the development of our Phase III algae farm. The team has met several significant milestones permitting the actual growth of algae to commence. Our engineers have completed the installation of the new harvesters in our smaller units and anticipate the final harvester will be installed next week.  

Please check back for frequent updates as the construction begins to wrap up!

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Today, Tim Burns and Gregg Connell, executive director Shenandoah Chamber & Industry, pose for a photo next to the Phase III algae project. 

Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, Phase III, algae, Iowa, co-location, tim burns, construction update

Biofuels Digest - Hot 50 & Hot 30

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Fri, Oct 05, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

Make sure to vote BioProcess Algae "HOT" in the 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy and in the 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials featured in Biofuels Digest! 

If you're a Biofuels Digest subscriber, you can access your ballot through the daily email you receive each morning. If you're not a subscriber and want to be, not only can you vote for BioProcess Algae in the Hot 50 and Hot 30, but you'll also get access to great industry news. Last week, BioProcess Algae had really great coverage in the story "Ebony and ivory: The BioProcess Algae Story." 

If you are NOT a Biofuels Digest Subscriber but you still want to vote, you can cast your vote via Twitter.

To vote for BioProcess Algae via Twitter, tweet the following: 

#bdigest Hot50 BioProcess Algae
#bdigest Hot30 BioProcess Algae

For more details on voting in the Hot 50 and Hot 30, visit this page on the Biofuels Digest website:

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Tags: BioProcess Algae, algae, Hot 50, hot 30

Phase III Algae Project Construction Update

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 11:29 AM

Here's the latest construction update from our BioProcess Algae crew in Shenandoah, Iowa:

Last week we began commissioning the new Phase III equipment and began the process of getting everything started. The greenhouses are complete. All of the new buildings are fully enclosed and the cleaning procedure that comes before inoculation has begun. We should be adding new algae to the first building this week. Also this week we will be installing the new harvesters in the smaller two buildings.


Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, Phase III, algae, Iowa, co-location, construction update

BioProcess Algae: Video

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Sun, Sep 23, 2012 @ 01:09 PM

Just in time for the Algae Biomass Summit, check out this video to get a better idea of who we are! From pilot project to now, we have come a long way since our project began. 


Tags: ABS, algae, video