An algal industry born of scientific ingenuity
Strains in our bank
PhDs or equivalent in our R&D team
Algae have more diversity than the whole plant kingdom. Yet they are barely used in today’s world. Fermentalg believes that the potential of micro-algae is enormous as we look for more natural and sustainable solutions for tomorrow.
Searching for unique micro-algae in the wild
All that while respecting the environment and preserving biodiversity.
Screening for strain characteristics
Selecting the most promising strains
Power to the robots
Fermentalg has invested in high-throughput automated technologies that allow us to screen thousands of variants a day, accelerating our development programmes
Saving strains for the future
Cryopreservation ensures our strains are stable for decades. Not a lot happens at -150°C!
Using fermenters to produce algae has advantages in productivity, in control, in quality and in consistency.
In addition, fermentation allows scaling to large volumes without having to use land extensively.
Production in fermenters means that our algae are not subject to the vagaries of seasons or weather.
By growing our algae on sugars instead of sunlight we can reach productivities and densities tens or hundreds of times greater. This means we save on water and power and minimize our environmental impact.
We aim to use the gentlest extraction techniques possible.
Today, the processes we have developed to extract both our oils and our pigments avoid drying the biomass and use just water for separation.
Data we collect at full industrial scale is fed back to our development teams and helps us to develop the next generation of processes, making them more efficient and cleaner.
With the challenges to the climate and environment that we face, it is important to recognize that we need to strive to improve. Much innovation at Fermentalg is invisible in the final product; we’re constantly trying to find ways to reduce our impact be it from energy use in our processes, waste valorisation or even the search for raw materials with a lower footprint themselves
Our researchers aim to improve the sustainability of our processes, but are also reducing the impact of the work they are doing themselves. Through their efforts the labs were recently certified GREEN by MyGreenLab – the highest level of award.