POTENTIAL TO LIFE
Microalgae are a very diverse group of single-cell aquatic microorganisms. They consume CO2, produce 70% of the world’s oxygen and grow 30 to 70 times faster than land plants. Microalgae are now widely considered to be one of the most promising feedstock in the bio-based economy, due to their efficiency, sustainability and anticipated profitability. Microalgae are natural producers of lipids and essential fatty acids such as Omega-3, high-value proteins, fibers, bioactive polysaccharides, pigments, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Thus, they provide a valuable raw material with immense commercial potential for a variety of industries.
So far, the production cost and scalability challenges were the limiting factor of the breakthrough of the Microalgae industry.
UniVerve's patented cultivation system, coupled with off-the-shelf technologies to create a continuous downstream process, opens new horizons for microalgae as feedstock in food, feed, cosmetics and more.
MARCH 5, 2017
UniVerve was established in 2009 with the goal of developing a flexible, scalable and profitable microalgae biomass production technology, aimed at enabling the utilization of microalgae biomass as feedstock in the food, feed and bio-based industries.
UniVerve received a patent on its cultivation technology in USA, Israel and another two patents in China.
UniVerve's business model is to license its technology to clients, who want to establish a microalgae production farm.UniVerve will advise which strain should be grown in order to produce the goal product and support the client in planning and constructing the algae farm, including training a local team.
UniVerve expects the following revenue streams:
Royalties from sales
Training and technical support fee.
UniVerve's first production facility, established in the north-east of Israel, is designed to serve customers from the food and feed industries.The project's products, based on a Microalgae genus called Nannochloropsis include: Microalgae oil, rich in Omega-3 (EPA), biomass rich in protein and extracts with unique health & cosmetic attributes.
A patented biomass cultivation system: Hanged Adjustable V-shaped Pond (HAVP)
• Modular, easy to construct, operate and maintain
• High biomass yield/m2
• Low energy and labor inputs
• Suitable for various strains
• Suitable for batch / continuous process
• Open / covered production
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