Algae is the “primary producer” of the aquatic food chain..
This is where the energy of the sun is captured, and enters the food chain. Algae can be divided into Macro algae “seaweed” and micro algae. Our Phycoforest reactors are primarily designed for micro algae.
Micro algae can be seen as microscopic chemical factories.
By controlling culture conditions, algae can be cultivated to express the molecules one is interested in. For example, the Phycoforest reactor has been tested to produce Spirulina (a species of algae) with a high concentration of Protein. However, the culture conditions can be adjusted so that the algae produce high levels of carbohydrates. This can also be done with other species of algae, and a wide range of molecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, pigments, etc. can be produced naturally and sustainably.
Algae can be used to make bio-fuel, bio-plastics, gelatins, cosmetics, and so much more. There are over 20,000 species of algae, and of these only 5 are commercially produced. We are at the very beginning of putting these microscopic chemical factories to work for us... there is no end to what can be done!
common uses for algae