Microalgae

Dive into the exiting world of microalgae

What is microalgae?

Microalgae are like small single celled plants, living in fresh or saltwater. They use light as their primary energy source. Despite their small size, microalgae dominate the world’s oceanic biomass. You will find microalgae everywhere you find water and they are essential to both marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Did you know that ...

… microalgae produce 50 % of the worlds oxygen?

… there are over 50,000 scientifically described species of microalgae, but only a few have been explored commercially?

Cultivation of microalgae

MicroA cultivates microalgae in closed systems (photobioreactors) in temperature-controlled rooms. This ensures products of the highest quality possible with no external contamination and maximises the growth and productivity of the microalgae.

Cultivation of microalgae is all about finding the correct mix of nutrients, light, temperature and carbon dioxide (yes, microalgae consumes CO2 for growth!). After cultivation is complete MicroA refines the microalgae to a finished product. The processing steps vary depending on the microalgae species and intended application of the end-product.

Possibilities

Microalgae produce complex and unique compounds use for their own protection and growth. MicroA uses these natural and often undiscovered microalga gems, finding suitable applications to turn them into products.

MicroA explore this sea of possibilities of new products from natural microalga species.

Cosmetic products

The global microalgae industry is in an exciting position to find new cosmetic ingredients. Microalga products have the advantage of being completely natural bioactive which can deliver consumer benefits in cosmetic care. In skin care products, for example, the natural protection systems used by microalgae can be used to defend the human skin against daily life stressors.

Food, feed, fuel products

The potential for future mass production of food, feed and energy products is very exciting, but these products require a low-cost/high-volume production system. By continuous improvement of the production technology there will be a commercial and environmentally sustainable way to produce food, feed and fuels from microalgae.

At MicroA, we see huge potential for commercialisation of microalgae for new and exciting products in a wide range of industries. That is why we say that MicroA is a platform for discovery and production of novel ingredients from microalgae.

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