Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.
Their technologies? Closed systems, open-systems, hybrid systems. Hosts of different strains, some optimized for oil content, some for growth rate. Some in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.
The category is something of a misnomer — after all, most companies want to be known for their products, not the microbial source of their production technology. Who thinks of Budweiser as a yeast company? Yet, for now, “algae” is a point of differentiation — and though most of them would prefer to be thought of as purveyors of tailored renewable oils, nutraceuticals and the like — they’ll continue to be desribed as “algae companies” for some time to come.
It’s gone global as an R&D effort. But who’s making news now — who’s reaching for scale?
In today’s Digest, we look at 10 on the Move on the Mountain, racing towards scale. What are their strategiies, their products, their protection, who are their Sherpas and sponsors?
1. Algae.Tec …
2. Algenol Biofuels
3. Aurora Algae
4. BioProcess Algae
8. Pond Biofuels
9. Sapphire Energy