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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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

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. 

Tim Burns

Tim Burns, BioProcess Algae CEO

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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. 

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Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds Visits BioProcess Algae

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 @ 04:13 PM

Today, we had the pleasure of showing Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds around our Phase III algae project at Green Plains in Shenandoah, Iowa. After a brief meeting about the history of the project, the Lt. Governor headed out to the five acres of Grower Harvester(TM) bioreactors that are near completion to have a tour led by our CEO Tim Burns. The Lt. Governor even spent time talking to each member of the BioProcess Algae crew in Shenandoah to learn more about what their role is with BioProcess Algae and what was it that led them to this exciting project. 

In addition to the BioProcess Algae group, also joining the meeting were representatives from the Green Plains corporate office, Green Plains Shenandoah and the Shenandoah Chamber & Industry. 

This was an exciting day for our BioProcess Algae crew! It was an honor to share our story and to have the opportunity to show our Phase III project in Shenandoah. We are very excited about the Lt. Governor's enthusiasm for our project and looking forward to her continued support. 

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Pictured from left to right: Seth Riggs, BioProcess Algae (BPA) Operations Engineer; Tim Burns, BPA Chief Executive Officer; Matt Campbell, BPA Maintenance; Thiru Viswanathan, BPA Manager of Operations Development; Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds; Brett Bogenrief, BPA Operator; Shwetha Sivakaminathan, BPA Process Development Scientist. 

For more photos, visit our Facebook page. 

Tags: BioProcess Algae, Shenandoah, Kim Reynolds, algae, Iowa, tim burns

BioProcess Algae at Algae Biomass Summitt 2012

Posted by Sasha Forsen on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 @ 11:30 AM

BioProcess Algae is gearing up for the Algae Biomass Summit being held in Denver, Colorado from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, hosted by the Algae Biomass Organization. 

Tim Burns, our CEO, will be on a panel, Monday, Sept. 24 called "2012 Producer Update: An Up-to-Date Look at New Developments and Commercialization in the U.S. Algae Industry." According to the Algae Biomass Summit website, this session will feature leaders in the algae industry as they present their updates and developments since 2011. The presentation will be a chance to learn about what new leaps have been made in the areas of green crude, algae-based ethanol, new technologies and co-products, and their plans to continue towards full commercialization

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook during the event. We'll be providing updates. Also, make sure to come say "hi." We'd love to talk to you!

Tim Burns 

Photo: Tim Burns talking with US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at BioProcess Algae Phase II Unveiling

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