Algae – Resource of the future

Algae are still a comparatively unknown resource for many people. In the depths of the sea there is a huge variety of photosynthesizing organisms that are, among other things, responsible for the lion’s share of our oxygen production and CO2 uptake. Their spectrum ranges from unicellular cyanobacteria and microalgae to 60m long macroalgae.

species of algae

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of oxygen produced by algae

cell in most algae

Properties of algae

Diversity

Not only is the range of algae species huge, but their properties are also extremely diverse. This diversity enables a wide variety of applications. Depending on the species and cultivation conditions, algae can have the following compositions:

Proteins

Up to 70% proteins with all essential amino acids

Lipids

Up to 75% lipids and therefore the perfect substitute for fish oil or diesel

Omega-3 fatty acids

Algae are the original source of all DHA and EPA fatty acids

Pigments

Chlorophyll, carotenes such as beta-carotene and astaxanthin, xanthophylls, and biliproteins

Vitamins and trace elements

High levels of almost all vitamins as well as elements like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.

Nutraceuticals

Antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant

How to produce algae

Cultivation

Algae can be cultivated extremely efficiently. We use large, open ponds for this purpose. The advantages compared to cultivating land plants (agriculture!) are enormous.

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Cultivation on arid land (e.g. in deserts)

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GROWTH IN SEAWATER (NO FRESHWATER CONSUMPTION!)

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Capturing of UP TO 400X MORE CO2 PER AREA THAN TREES