Harnessing the power of microorganisms is a hallmark of human technical advancement. In the 21st century, micro-algae have the potential to radically alter the way we live, similar to the exploitation of yeast and bacteria did in its time.
Solarvest’s bio-hydrogen platform
Literally green. Algae naturally consume carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) and under certain conditions release hydrogen (renewable energy) and oxygen (a clean gas) in the process.
Simple. Hydrogen is a biogas that is captured without harvesting the algae. Traditional oil-based biofuel platforms must harvest, separate, isolate and transform the biofuel before it is used in the energy sector.
Robust. Solarvest’s hydrogen bioreactors remain productive for weeks, rather than days. 1st generation algal bio-hydrogen platforms induce hydrogen through nutrient starvation, an irreversible method that kills the algae.
Visionary. Solarvest BioEnergy is applying techniques emerging from the science of synthetic biology to algal bio-hydrogen production. Solarvest’s hydrogen technology is based on a type of “synthetic gene circuit” know as a metabolator. The application of these next generation bioengineering tools has lead to the discovery of a novel way to make bio-hydrogen from algae. Solarvest is alone in the biotech arena in the application of these innovative gene circuits to real world applications.
Productive. Algal chloroplasts are equivalent to their evolutionary-related bacterial counterparts for the manufacture of bioactive recombinant proteins.
More dynamic than bacterial platforms; with the capacity to manufacture soluble, bioactive proteins. Thus, eliminating the need for additional elaborate and expensive steps to bring bioactives to market.
Safer than comparable plant platforms for the manufacture of bioactives. Production strains are held in indoors, in a controlled facility with strict protocols to handle biological waste.
Sustainable nutritional oils from algae
Health focused. Algae naturally produce a variety of nutritional and heath-promoting products such as antioxidants and omega-3 oils.
Pure and free of harmful impurities. Current methods used for the extraction of Omega-3 oils from micro-algae, fish and krill utilize hexane, or other organic solvents. Traces of which remain as a residue in the final oil formulation. Solarvest is utilizing chemical-free methods for extracting the oils and for stabilizing the oils to create sustainable and safe omega-3 oils.
Environmentally-sustainable. The vast majority of Omega-3 oils that are sold containing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are extracted from fish or krill. These sources of Omega-3 oils are not sustainable (1). In contrast, micro-alga are the sources of DHA and EPA for the entire oceanic food chain, but can be grown in fermentation vessels using sustainable inputs for growth. Solarvest has selected key algae strains and has developed environmentally conscious and natural formulations for growing algae for the production of Omega-3 oils.
1. Naylor et. al. 2009. Feeding aquaculture in an era of finite resources. PNAS. 106: no. 36 15103-15110
100% vegan. Solarvest uses no animal products in the manufacture of its omega-3 oils. Solarvest adds only 100% pure, non-GMO ingredients. No chemicals, such as monosodium glutamate or industrial by-products, such as corn steep liquor, are used in Solarvest patent-pending process.
Solarvest’s approach has been to utilize its expertise in algae culture and biotechnology to develop useful applications for these diverse attributes.