Food and Fuel for the 21st Century
Microalgae have come to the attention of the industrial and academic community over recent years because of their ability to harvest the energy of the sun and provide valuable molecules that offer great potential to provide fuel for the coming century and relieve the need and destructive outcomes that are associated with traditional fossil fuels.
Solvent free wet extraction of fuels and sugars
For commercial microalgal biofuels to become a reality however, the high production cost of oil extraction must be dealt with. A large contributor to the production cost base is the solvent-based process for cell destruction and oil extraction from the algae, which is both expensive and environmentally damaging.
4 year pilot to commercial scale success
Cellulac recently concluded a 4 year pilot scale to commercial scale project using the SoniqueFlo Sono-Enzymolysis Cell Disruption process with specific objectives to:
- Demonstrate the technical feasibility of cell wall breakage of Nannochloropsis and Schizochytrium;
- Validate a lower cost for enzyme-solvent free extraction compared to the solvent-based process;
- Verify environmental benefits of the enzymatic-solvent free process;
- Obtain required regulatory approvals for food-grade algal oil extracted using enzymes; and
- Leverage project results to commercialise enzymatically extracted algal oil and achieve sales of lysis technology to producers of algal oils.