Some algae species are known to produce high levels of carbohydrates (sugars and starch) instead of lipids (oils) as reserve polymers. These species are ideal candidates for the production of bioethanol.
We are analyzing growth conditions and develop new algae species that have increased carbohydrates per biomass unit. The more carbohydrates per biomass unit, the more efficient the bioethanol fermentation becomes.
To create algae with these improved traits we utilize state-of-the-art proteomics and cutting-edge genetic engineering technologies.