Schott and Algatechnologies (Algatech) have signed an research and development (R&D) agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech’s algae production facility.
Schott‘s thin-walled Duran glass tubes achieved a 10% boost in algae cultivation efficiency, improving yields of Algatech’s natural astaxanthin product, AstaPure.
The results of the study will be presented at the Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego, USA, from September 29 to October 2, 2014.
“The success of thin-walled Duran tubing helped increase algae production efficiency on a small scale, and now will be replicated on a larger scale,” says Raz Rashelbach, R&D manager at Algatech.
“The increase in sun exposure through the use of Duran tubing helps produce the purest AstaPure astaxanthin available in the market today.”
The R&D agreement between the two companies will expand their joint cooperation to optimize Algatech’s production and optimize tubing design for the algae production industry on the whole.
A section of Algatech’s factory in the Arava Desert will serve as a beta site for advanced glass components developed by Schott for implementation in photo bioreactors.