Algae are very diverse organisms that possess many functional ingredients. With the suitable cultivation know-how and state-of-the-art technology, the applications for algae are limitless.
A cleantech start-up focuses on algae as means to provide sustainable solutions to global issues. Most algae companies use a single alga for specific applications. However, the start-up uses its intensive library, breeding and cultivation expertise, and its mass production technology to provide targeted products and solutions for different industries.
The start-up is seeking for partners that are interested in exploring algae for their industrial applications, which can include food, medical, or environmental purposes. Possible modes of collaboration include technical consultancy, R&D, process and/or product development.
The start-up offers an “Algae Platform” that consists of the following:
Based on the needs of the clients, strains from the library are screened for the targeted products. Following identification of suitable strains, the next step would be a sustainable cultivation method/facility for the algae. This platform assures ongoing consultation between the start-up and its clients so as to achieve the targeted products that the clients desire. At present, the start-up has algae strains that are promising in terms of their protein content, oil content and functional ingredients.
Potential applications of leveraing this algal platform technology include but not limited to:
For potential partners, a business benefit can include the opportunities for consultation and identification of suitable algal applications that can benefit their business. This is especially relevant if partners are interested in a more sustainable source of their target products (i.e., alternative protein, biomaterials and functional ingredients).
Environmental advantages include negative carbon footprint due to CO2 utilization by algae and less land usage.