The production of biofuels from microalgae cultivation has landed in Spain brought by the Italian Alamoil. The company has created a subsidiary in our country, to bring one of the first industrialized processes to obtain vegetable oil from the cultivation of microalgae for making viable the production of next generation biofuel.
The company Algamoil offers turnkey projects based on technology and know-how developed in their laboratories that make up the first system of continuous production of algae worldwide.
The company expects to find its main investors in the agri-food industry since it is an agricultural crop, although in other countries, industry and private investors have started building factories.
Research center and Italy
Since its inception, Algamoil has an advanced research center in Modena (Italy) with a pilot plant, from where they develop and fully control all industrial projects taking place in the world under their technology patents, with strains of crops they have developed themselves.
Its team of biologists and chemists and ongoing collaboration with leading universities ensure a reliable support to project implementation. The company has maintained rapid growth since its inception in 2005, achieving a technology in which the design of new second-generation photobioreactors allows the plants be installed even in the regions with the harshest weather conditions while maintaining continuous and controlled production of algae without being affected by external conditions.
Landing in Spain
The production performance of biodiesel from microalgae crops, multiplies by almost 26 times per hectare that of palm oil, which is the most productive among traditional crops, says Antonio Puyol, managing partner of Algamoil Ibérica, “we guarantee performance of the plants that we build and we can ensure the marketing of their production.”
He also notes that “our projects create interesting synergies with food businesses as our algae consume by-products generated in agricultural and food processes; also with industry as one hectare eliminates up to 10,000 tons of CO2. “
In addition to the oil that is used to make biofuel, the factories produce biomass obtained in the process of extracting oil from microalgae which is an excellent complement to fertilizer and feed.
The versatility of the factories allows producing other products from microalgae; Omega 3, spirulina and astaxanthin products highly appreciated as integrators in the cosmetics and nutrition industries.
The company, headquartered in the Italian city of Modena, has subsidiaries in addition to Spain, in Brazil, Bulgaria and China, but works from its origins with university research centers worldwide as Modena, Madrid, Mexico, Moscow, Glasgow or Verona.