Plastica Alfa has developed a specific know-how related to conversion processes biochemistry of CO2 in algal biomass. This knolowdge has been developed since 2012 through BIO4BIO Project (Biomolecular and Energy Valorization of Residual Biomass in the Agro-Industrial Sector) financed by Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and the C3 Project – Carbon Capture & Conversion funded by Ministry of Economic Development ( MISE).
Microalgae constitute one of the most interesting microbial systems in the biotechnology sector in terms of the huge potential in the renewable energy sector, in the field of wastewater purification, but above all in the field of food supplementation, feedstuff products, and chemicals and pharmaceutical products.
These microbial systems are unicellular aquatic plant organisms whose growth, suitably favored by nutrient salts, light and carbon dioxide, can be considerably faster than that of terrestrial plants. This makes the microalgae particularly suitable for the absorption of CO2 for the production of biomolecules.
Considerable worldwide investments are being made to build large-scale plants for the targeted production of specific compounds for the feed, cosmetics, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical sectors. These fields specifically require purity levels of the compounds that must be produced through completely different systems so that investments in this sector are moving from “open pond” towards the realization of plants consisting of closed photobioreactors.
The specific interest for the algal growth sector is directly linked to the Company’s core business: Plastica Alfa, active in the world of water for over 30 years, produces all the components and accessories suitable for the development of close photobioreactos based plants, a technology considered more suitable and profitable for industrial purposes.