An algal industry born of scientific ingenuity

Strains in our bank

Registered patents

PhDs or equivalent in our R&D team

Why algae?

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

Our teams go literally to the ends of the earth to search out the microalgae with the best characteristics for your products.
All that while respecting the environment and preserving biodiversity.

Screening for strain characteristics

Back in the labs, strains are individually assessed for both their current and future potential.

Selecting the most promising strains

Thanks to the way we grow our strains, we get to improve on Nature. Only using traditional non-GMO techniques,  we lead our algae to make more of what we want—faster.

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

We aim to preserve the strains we collect and produce. Our bank of over 2500 strains serves as a reserve of biodiversity for future developments and a basis for all our industrial production.
Cryopreservation ensures our strains are stable for decades. Not a lot happens at -150°C!

Why fermentation?

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.

Sustainable manufacturing

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.

Gentle extraction

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.

Industrial scale up by design

Each of our processes is designed to be implemented industrially, and each undergoes rigorous testing to ensure that, as we increase scale performance is maintained.

Progress through experience

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.

Sustainable practices

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

Practice what you preach

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.

Bringing it all together