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Indiana startup developing all-weather algal strain

June 28, 2013
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Mustapha Benmoussa, founder of Atlantic Green Technology Inc., is a Purdue University visiting scholar gearing up his early-stage algae company, and an affiliate of the Purdue Research Park.

Mustapha Benmoussa, founder of Atlantic Green Technology Inc., is a Purdue University visiting scholar gearing up his early-stage algae company, and an affiliate of the Purdue Research Park. Photo: Purdue Research Foundation

AWest Lafayette, Indiana company that developed a strain of algae that grows yearlong in the Midwest has increased production to a level of 20 liters in six days. Mustapha Benmoussa, founder and CEO of Atlantic Green Technology Inc. (AGT), said “the company’s next goal is to increase production to reach up to 500 liters in six days, and then commercial production.”

AGT was founded in 2010 by Benmoussa – a plant molecular biologist and food scientist who joined Purdue’s Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research as a visiting scholar in 2009. He created the company after initiating a research program and developing production technology to use algae for biofuels and nutrition.

“AGT’s activities are focused on research and product development for a broad array of uses for the harvested algae. End users range from private individuals to industry and government,” he says.

Benmoussa’s research has been in developing algae varieties that can be grown in a wide range of environments and weather conditions…versatile enough to be grown around the world.“AGT algae can grow in cloudy conditions in the north, sunny days in the south and even darkness by changing their nutrients,” he said.

AGT affiliated with a West Lafayette, Indiana-based business incubator environment for its early stage development because of its goals “to deliver research discoveries to the public. Purdue Research Park is like a nursery where small businesses are born and technologies are moved from the laboratory to the commercial field,” Benmoussa said. “These varieties, our technology and our lower cost of production set us apart from other firms producing algae.”

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