Algae - The Growth Platform
Algae are the fastest growing plant organisms in nature and have the ability to convert large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen. Algae form the base of the aquatic food chain. They produce carbohydrates, oils, protein, vitamins and organic minerals. Since they are aquatic, algae grow much faster than land plants as they do not have to expend energy growing roots and cellulose support structures like trunks, leaves and stems. Without the need for support structures, algae can triple or quadruple their biomass every day. This rapid growth means that one acre of algae can produce the same amount of protein in a year as 21 acres of soybeans or 49 acres of corn.
Alltech’s Algae Production Facility
Alltech Algae in Winchester, Kentucky, is one of the largest algae production facilities in the world. It houses a variety of sizes and types of fermentors for growing heterotrophic algae. It is an impressive production facility but its value as a research facility may be even more important. It is equipped with a fully functional pilot plant, a scaled-down replica of its large production system. This system allows our research and quality teams to experiment with new strains and production methods before rolling them out for commercial production.