BioProcess Algae Blog

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

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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Tags: Shenandoah, winter, grower harvester, algae, Iowa, bioreactor, snow

Congressman Braley visits BioProcess Algae in Shenandoah

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 @ 12:52 PM

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. 

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Tags: Congressman Braley, green plains, algae, Iowa

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 Photo of the Day: Before

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 05:47 PM
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Getting Grower Harvester ready for a new algae strain.

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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. 

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