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.
AlgaEnergy had the privilege to share its disruptive vision and strategy that will define its commercial track for the next several years, as well as present the results of recent studies.16 December, 2021
Augusto Rodríguez-Villa, President of the biotechnology company, will continue as a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Bioindustry Association (AseBio).15 December, 2021
Carlos Rodriguez-Villa, General Manager of the biotech company, joins the Board of Directors of the European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC).25 November, 2021
Carlos Rodríguez-Villa, General Manager of AlgaEnergy, will participate in the panel ‘The rise of Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) in Europe: New trends’.17 November, 2021
The project is promoted and coordinated by AlgaEnergy, with top-level partners.04 November, 2021
The initiative seeks to actively help build a better world, not only by providing education, but also a safe and healthy environment for children in schools in Africa.26 October, 2021
With a large professional community and participant pool consisting of over 1600 delegates and 800 companies from 72 countries, it is one of the most important events of the year for AlgaEnergy.25 October, 2021
Hinarejos brings nearly 25 years of experience in the chemical and biological industry.21 October, 2021
AlgaEnergy, the biotechnology-based company participated for the seventh time in a row in this trade fair of international reference for the fruit and vegetable industry.20 October, 2021
The company actively participates in this benchmark event in the biotechnology sector, which it also supports as a prominent sponsor.22 September, 2021