Algae Production Industry
The National Algae Association (NAA) is the first non-profit algae education and production trade association in the world that provides a platform for commercially-minded algae researchers, algae producers and equipment companies in a collaborative approach building the emerging commercial algae production industry. (a projected $3.4 billion dollar industry).
NAA uncovered taxpayers have spent over $2.5 billion dollars on algae research starting with the first Carnegie Mellon algae study 75 years ago. The National Algae Asscociation continues to promote balance between the university algae research world, private industry and the investment community to create new jobs and new business opportunities. With all due respect to constrained algae research grant recipients, there is a huge learning curve between what takes place in their labs and commercial scale-up and deployment of algae farms and biomanufacturing facilities. That is why the National Algae Association was created as the first non-profit algae education and production trade association in the world over 12 years ago.
We know for a fact that universities have lost potential licensing opportunities due to the restrictions put on them by research grants, their egos and not understanding the needs of the commercial algae production industry. Researchers have tried to write industrial standards without ever deploying their technologies or ever being in industrial algae production. How can algae technologies have any value if they are not deployed outside the lab?
"University research is working against the odds. Three out of 10 patents registered have a chance of getting licensed, and chances of that happening drop to 20% after 5 years."
NAA promotes collaboration between algae research and private Industry. Only through real collaboration will algae researchers understand the needs of the commercial algae production industry. Writing more white papers, searching for the next research grant funding needs to be useful in the commercial algae production industry. It takes a variety of disciplines. Algae research today must communicate and collaborate more due to the constant changes taking place in our industry. Innovation = Fast track commercialization and deployment.
Algae can be made into high-value nutraceutical Omega 3 EPA/DHA - astaxanthin, cosmetics pigments, food, beverage mixes, animal feed, fish feed, biofertilizer and bioplastics. The Algae Biomass Exchange on LinkedIn is a meeting place for qualified commercial algae producers with samples of algae biomass and oil with Certificates of Analysis and potential off-takers/customers. CO2 sequestration and utilization opportunities are also available.
Algae Bloom Remediation
Algae bloom technologies must be proven outside the lab, scalable with a low CAPEX to be commercially-deployed. All stakeholders are encouraged to join the Algae Bloom Remediation group on LinkedIn to discuss remediation technologies that can be commercially deployed today.
Private industry, private investment and commercial lenders are interested in commercial algae production but have no interest in technologies sitting on shelves at universities and government labs. They want to see results. (i.e., commercial algae cultivation in covered raceway ponds, closed-loop photobioreactors, fermentation tanks, harvesting/dewatering equipment, extraction systems, labs, clean rooms etc. all at one location with potential off-take contracts.)
The National Algae Association provides educational Algae Production Workshops and Networking Events, an Algae Biomass Incubator Program working with universities and colleges and an online Algae Production Certification Program for students, private industry and the investment community interested in learning about the commercial algae production industry, new markets and supply channels. firstname.lastname@example.org or 936.321.1125
We support all algaepreneurs throughout the world!