First scalable production of algae from carbon emissions

23-09 | |
Photo: Canva
Photo: Canva

Plans are in the pipeline for the launch of the world’s first commercially viable algae-based animal feed ingredients from carbon emissions.

It follows a partnership deal between AB Agri’s responsible protein division Livalta and Pond Technology Holdings.

AB Agri and Pond joining forces to tackle producing affordable, high quality and responsible food is a major step forward and this commercialisation project will foster excellence in the way our industry produces food for people and animals.

Algae: Game-changing animal feed ingredient

Algae are gaining increasing attention as a potentially game-changing animal feed ingredient but until now the technology to produce at the scale, quality and cost to be an affordable ingredient for animal feed has not been available.

20,000t of spirulina from C02 emissions

However, plans are in place for Pond to install Livalta’s first plant at British Sugar’s Wissington site in Norfolk, England, in 2022. This will be followed by a commercial-sized plant at the same site producing 20,000 tons of spirulina from CO2 emissions, with the prospect of additional collaborations in the future to develop further production sites.

Spirulina: Nutritional and functional value

Spirulina will be the first product, combining 60% protein with Omega 6 and essential vitamins and minerals. It is renowned for its nutritional and functional value both in food and animal feed, as proven in a number of scientific studies.

AB Agric

Welcoming the partnership, AB Agric CEO Jose Nobre said: “At AB Agri we are committed to pioneering new and bold technologies to provide safe, high-quality nutrition, while minimising our environmental footprint. That is why we created Livalta as a specialist division to address the global protein challenge.”

Pond Technology Holdings

Pond Technology President and CEO Grant Smith said the partnership would work to develop algae as a cost-effective responsible feed ingredient, transforming climate change emissions into commercial animal feed ingredients.

“AB Agri and Pond joining forces to tackle producing affordable, high quality and responsible food is a major step forward and this commercialisation project will foster excellence in the way our industry produces food for people and animals.”

McDougal
Tony McDougal Freelance Journalist