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
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHAT YOU'RE SEEING
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.
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