Algae culture technology appears to be an exciting and future-oriented business area. An increasing number of commercial operators has been identified globally and micro algae represent – globally – perhaps the largest remaining biological resource for development and industrial activity in the years ahead.
Micro algae are an untapped resource with more than 30000 species, of which fewer than 15 are in commercial production. Micro algae are one of nature’s richest raw materials in vitamins, proteins and other nutrients. They have different characteristics with opportunities for different practical applications and trading goods. The majority of the products currently produced go to health foodsand pharmaceutics as well as some to the animal feed industry. In the future, supplies of algae biomass to livestock and fish food producers will be an interesting area as well as production of hydrogen.
In the Nordic Region there is significant expert knowledge about micro algae. Through its work in mapping this, Algetech Produkter AS has carried out successful trial production of micro algae at an industrial scale, where the effect of combined sunlight and artificial light on production was tested as well as the addition of organic materials.
Project duration: February 2004 - August 2006