BioProcess Algae Blog

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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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. 

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