Towards a sustainable way to feed the increasing human population, we look for innovative solutions to produce highly-nutritional alternative food and ingredients, without impacting on ecosystems. AlgAria looks for solutions to drastically reduce ecosystems ‘grabbing’ for food production purposes. Soil-less farming and microbial agriculture have the potential to simultaneously reduce land use, environmental and climate impacts by orders of magnitude if compared to traditional crops. Cyanobacteria, microalgae and plants are grown in vertical farming under controlled environments still use sunlight to do that, but with incomparably higher production efficiencies. Artificial lights powered by solar panels are another option to further concentrate cultivations. Lastly, microbial protein grown using direct electricity as a source of energy for CO2 fixation (microbial electrosynthesis) is a more innovative option. Finally, the use of renewable sources of nutrients (N, P, K, etc...) and the recycling of water are the other keys for complete sustainability. Algaria’s project aims at tackling both technological and commercial constraints that still limit the success of such alternatives to food production.
The problem we are solving
AlgAria proposes technological solutions in this field and develops innovative food products based on such alternative sources of nutrition. 1. AlgAria produces a cyanobacterium of the phylum Arthrospira at full-scale, using an innovative photobioreactor technology, able to optimize costs for B2B markets. 2. AlgAria has developed, produces and sells on B2C markets several innovative highly-nutritional ingredients (phycocyanin, carotenoid-rich extracts) and food products (Spirulina chips, vegan mayonnaise with Spirulina, Italian Risotto, ..) based on such cultivation. 3. AlgAria develops innovative super-food products (rich in specific nutritional components) from a range of alternative microalgae strains, such as Chlorella, Phaeodactylum, Haematococcus, Botriococcus, etc. 4. AlgAria has patented an innovative technological application based on microbial electrochemistry, called the ‘electroactive Soil’ or e-Soil. This artificial soil is thought for soil-less cultivation of plants or microorganisms and aimed at efficiently recycling nutrients from organic sources. This enables to obtain produce within the ‘Organic farming’ framework. 5. AlgAria is driving a research program on the production of microbial proteins from bioelectrosynthesis, i.e. using renewable electricity as a unique source of energy/reducing equivalents for microbial CO2 fixation, as well as for the fixation of atmospheric N2. In few words: nutrition from air.
Sustainable impact on Blue Economy
Drastically abates food production footprints on ecosystems (soil, water, land, biodiversity) and climate; Contributes to nutrients recycling in food chain; Increases the use of renewable energy resources