Turning trash to cash: microalgae cultivation to mitigate environmental waste impact

by Alistair MacNair | Oct 21, 2021

Disposing of large quantities of CO2 and nutrient-rich wastewater is difficult, expensive and laden with risk. But that’s not the only problem faced by many businesses across agriculture, brewing, food production, water processing and cement production striving for a circular economy. Releasing waste streams into the environment is adding to environmental concerns.

In a global economy heading for net zero, emissions will be targeted and increasingly expensive. This is yet another headache for companies with net zero aspirations. Our whitepaper explores a microalgae solution that tackles this complex CO2 situation head on – by using such nutrient-rich sources as the input for microalgae cultivation.

A method of carbon capture

The paper explains how ‘turning trash into cash’ provides opportunity for companies to gain first-mover advantage in several fields. With a clear, problem/solution approach, it outlines a method that be considered simply as a way to capture carbon and storage – but is more likely to yield benefits in the creation of valuable bio-derived compounds.

The process involves intercepting waste streams and diverting them into feedstocks for the generation of new revenue streams. This promises to replace the negative environmental impact with valuable new co-products in a transformative, circular economy model.

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Alistair is a senior chemist who works in technology strategy and product development across several industrial and consumer market sectors.

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