Reducing the cost of processing oil and biomass from algae requires a complete understanding of the entire algae process from species selection to separation. The OpenAlgae suite of technologies is available to cost-effectively process algae for the production of oil and useful byproducts.
Algae are the most efficient converters of solar energy by a factor of 10 due to their simple cellular structure and surface-to-water interface. The cells grow in water, so they have more efficient access to dissolved CO2 in water as well as other nutrients. As there are over 30,000 identified species of microalgae, OpenAlgae has developed a proprietary low-cost algae processing solution that is largely species-agnostic. Finally, moving water is extremely energy inefficient and significantly increases the cost of any system; therefore, the ideal processing solution will be transportable and located alongside algae ponds to reduce the need to move water.