Algae are a diverse group of photosynthetic organisms that have attracted attention in recent years because of their ability to produce oil as well a diversity of other products of value.
Because of this ability, much effort has been focused on the industrial cultivation of algae. The primary challenge has been how to do so cost efficiently in order to produce products that can compete with commodities derived from fossil fuels and land crops such as diesel and bio-jet, chemicals, food ingredients and animal feed. Commercial algae production is currently restricted to a few species that are able to survive in extreme environments that ward off predator and competitive species and produce products of high value, primarily in health food applications.
Much of the recent effort in algae development has focused on the genetic modification or directed-evolution of algae towards improving its oil production and reducing its vulnerability. At Solix BioSystems, we have focused on production systems that cost efficiently enable the robust and healthy growth of algae in our Lumian™ AGS as well as the development of crude products from algae to enable the commercialization of new products derived from algae in this exciting emerging market.