BioProcess Algae Blog

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

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 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

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

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