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

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 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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For more photos, check out our Facebook page. 

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

Phase III Algae Construction Update

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 05:00 PM

BioProcess Algae’s team of operators, engineers and biologist have many incredible strides over the past two weeks in the development of our Phase III algae farm. The team has met several significant milestones permitting the actual growth of algae to commence. Our engineers have completed the installation of the new harvesters in our smaller units and anticipate the final harvester will be installed next week.  

Please check back for frequent updates as the construction begins to wrap up!

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Today, Tim Burns and Gregg Connell, executive director Shenandoah Chamber & Industry, pose for a photo next to the Phase III algae project. 

Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, Phase III, algae, Iowa, co-location, tim burns, construction update

Phase III Algae Project Construction Update

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 11:29 AM

Here's the latest construction update from our BioProcess Algae crew in Shenandoah, Iowa:

Last week we began commissioning the new Phase III equipment and began the process of getting everything started. The greenhouses are complete. All of the new buildings are fully enclosed and the cleaning procedure that comes before inoculation has begun. We should be adding new algae to the first building this week. Also this week we will be installing the new harvesters in the smaller two buildings.


Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, Phase III, algae, Iowa, co-location, construction update