Green Car Congress: Blue Marble Energy and Bionavitas Announce Partnership to Produce Industrial Biochemicals from Microalgae
Published: OCTOBER 12, 2009
Blue Marble Energy’s proprietary AGATE (Acid, Gas and Ammonia Targeted Extraction) system uses different bacterial consortia (“cassettes”) in an anaerobic fermentation process to produce a variety of biochemicals, including short-chain esters, amides and green anhydrous ammonia. It also generates renewable natural gas as a product.
Ogilvie says that while fuels production from algae may ultimately prove viable, right now the focus on higher-margin biochemicals provides a more sustainable economic base for the business. As an example, propyl-propionate, one of BME’s specialty chemicals, currently sells for some $816 per gallon.