Copyright 2013 Algen Sustainables
Algen in collaboration with its research partners is
presently operating a pilot facility in Bac Lieu
province, Vietnam to demonstrate the viability of
aquatic plants as a bio-product feedstock. Dried
seaweed grown in co-culture with shrimp is being
converted into a variety of platform chemicals and
soil emendation products.
Our focus in 2013 includes adding protein
extraction to the aquatic biomass conversion
pathway in February, and processing rice straw
residuals into furfural and related chemicals later
in the year.
We envision implementing several facilities
throughout the aquaculture areas of the Mekong
Delta as part of a commercial scale-up. A
combination of specialized extraction and
fermentation technologies is being applied to most
fully utilize the natural materials.
The aquatic biomass value chain provides a new
source of cash income for rural farmers and their
communities, and creates a new ecosystem of jobs
to support them. On-going botanical and
bio-chemical research is being conducted both in
the field, and at the Institute of Tropical Biology
Thu Duc lab.