The goal is to optimize a novel production and extraction process of phycocyanin, a valuable protein with numerous properties, including being a 100% natural blue dye.
AlgaEnergy’s commitment to R&D is demonstrated by the portfolio of projects that the company leads or in which it participates in a prominent role. The biotechnology company specialized in the microalgae sector adds one more project to this portfolio, PhycoAlgae. Endowed with a budget of more than 370,000 Euros (100% own financing by AlgaEnergy), it is an in-house research project for the design of a novel process of production, extraction, concentration, purification and stabilization of phycocyanin, from blue-green microalgae. For this project, AlgaEnergy will have the support of the group ‘Structure and Dynamics of Chemical Systems’ of the University of Jaén, led by Professor Ruperto Bermejo, of the Physical Chemistry Area of the Polytechnic School of Linares.
The objective of the project is to optimize this process in an integral way, starting from the cultivation of the microalgae that produce this phycocyanin in the AlgaEnergy microalgae cultivation plants to generating commercial preparations of this compound with different kind of purity. For this effect, the cultivation conditions for producing microalgae will be optimized to maximize the accumulation of phycocyanin, as well as the process of industrialization of its extraction for commercial use as a food additive, natural dye and other commercial applications of interest.
Phycocyanin is a phycobiliprotein of an intense blue colour produced by some microalgae. It is a protein present on the outer surface of the cyanobacterial thylakoid membrane. This can be extracted for use as a natural dye. In fact, it is the only 100% natural blue dye that can be used in the food industry. This dye also has therapeutic, antioxidant, antifungal and antiviral properties, therefore its potential application expands to many industries, including nutrition and cosmetics.
With numerous publications on microalgae biotechnology and important contributions to the design and implementation of photobioreactors, Tredici represents a world reference in applied phycology research.21 June, 2022
Organized by the Spanish Bioindustry Association (AseBio), the meeting was attended by Katerina Fortun, from the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission.20 June, 2022
Within the framework of World Environment Day, AseBio and the MNCN-CSIC organized a conference to bring more than 1,000 people closer to the role of science in protecting the planet.07 June, 2022
Augusto Rodríguez-Villa, President of the biotechnology company, was invited to participate in the round table on leadership that was held within the framework of this event, which is a benchmark in impact economy.06 June, 2022
They visited the Technological Plant for Experimentation with Microalgae (PTEM) of the biotechnology company to learn about the evolution of the work carried out by the MicroClimatt Operational Group.17 May, 2022
The Board of Directors of the business association has approved the incorporation of the biotechnology company to CEOE.03 May, 2022
AlgaEnergy attended, on 20-21st April 2022, to the event BioAg Asia 2022 organised by the Agriculture Today Group.29 April, 2022
CEPYME has awarded the company's international expansion plan, which already has a presence in more than 20 countries and has more than 3 million customers worldwide.26 April, 2022
The biotechnology company has been invited to participate in several activities that will take place within the framework of this benchmark event in innovation and sustainable development.21 April, 2022
The biotech company has been awarded and recognized as the "best business initiative oriented to the SDGs".24 March, 2022