[ad#The Buzz Sponsor Ad]
Algix opens algae-to-plastics facility in Georgia
September 16, 2013
Harvested algae is hauled up a conveyor belt into a collection bin at Algix’s new facility in Dallas County, Georgia. Algix uses the algae, harvested from nearby catfish farm ponds, in the manufacturing of bioplastics. Photo: Josh Bergeron
osh Bergeron writes in The Selma Times-Journal that Bogart, Georgia-based Algix has just opened its newest facility in Dallas County, developed to turn catfish-pond algae into biodegradable plastic.
The company plans to vacuum algae from nearby catfish ponds into holding tanks and bring the tanks to their Dallas County facility where the algae will be processed and placed in a dryer before being shipped to Meridian, Mississippi. There the algae will be turned into plastic material. The pellets will then be shipped to companies including Apple, Clorox, BASF and Shaw.
Algix supplies larger companies with its plastic pellets for inclusion in products such as smart phones or water bottles. “It’s really quite revolutionary to make algae, which is seen as waste, into a usable product,” marketing specialist Denise Hobart said during the new facility’s grand opening event.
Currently, three catfish farmers allow Algix to use their ponds as a source of Algae. Algix Chief Executive Officer Mike Van Drunen said he hopes to have 500 farmers participating by the end of 2016.
Algix is not able to fill large orders currently, but has plans to harvest three million pounds of algae and produce seven million pounds of plastic by 2014.
Copyright ©2010-2013 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.
From The A.I.M. Archives
— Refresh Page for More Choices
Jill Fehrenbacher writes in inhabitat.com that when it comes to design, Mother Nature has a lot to teach us. The field of Biodesign has emerged as an exciting new discipl...
An unprecedented harmful algal bloom off the coast of New England this fall provided a unique opportunity for Waterville, Maine-based Colby College students studying at B...
The Energy Department (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstra...
Joy Lanzendorfer reports for NPR that, as seaweed continues to gain popularity for its nutritional benefits and culinary versatility, more people are taking up seaweed fo...
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii-based Cellana, Inc., a leading developer of algae-based products for sustainable nutrition and energy applications, and Living Ink Technologies of Den...
The University of Kentucky (UK) Center for Applied Energy Research’s (CAER) Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group has received a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Ener...