BioProcess Algae Blog

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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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. 

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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 www.allaboutalgae.com.

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: www.algaebiomass.org.

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