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David Punchard : Avespa

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Avespa

Faster production of algal biomass

THE PROBLEM

Algae biomass is one of the most efficient biomass production techniques available. However, it is costly both in terms of set-up and operation cost.

THE INNOVATION

Avespa has developed a scalable, highly controlled, productive and cost effective process for growing algal biomass. O2, clean water and algal biomass is produced by mimicking nature using enriched water with nitrogen, phosphorus, micronutrients and CO2 from waste treatment facilities as feedstock.

THE VISION

To scale this revolutionizing way of growing algae, which is the basic building block of live and can be used for a variety of purposes, whilst at the same time improving water treatment, generating pure oxygen and capturing the environmentally damaging CO2, all in 10 hours, versus the normally used 120 days.