We are an engineering company focused on a variety of algae production applications. A repeated failure in the lab led us to
develop this simple, low cost, easily deployable algal growth system.
This failure occurred while working with NCMA at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science in East BoothBay, Maine, to grow a particular algal species that is rich in DHA using a well known bioreactor system called SeaCAPS. It turned out to be an impossible undertaking because of repeated culture contamination. We set out to find engineering solutions to alleviate the contamination problem.After 18 months of engineering and design development the key to economical heterotrophic algal production was born. We call our bioreactor growth system SPAGS for Sterile Plastic Algal Growth System. Simply put, SPAGS is a sterile plastic bio-reactor that has preinstalled ports with sealed tubing ends. The entire bioreactor is gamma irradiated before use. Adequate oxygenation is important to heterotrophic species growth, especially for oil production. Traditional fermentors mechanically stir or lift the air to distribute it throughout the reactor. We needed to solve the issue of oxygen diffusion, without mechanical stirring in our system. Gentle bubbling was the solution to provide oxygen in our system. SPAGS went through over 10 revisions to arrive at a low CAPEX linearly scalable heterotrophic algal growth system.
FBP is a solution driven company. We work to understand how all issues interact to create the problem instead of patching off-the-shelf materials together to fix individual symptoms. We create systems to make things better. To solve the contamination problem that hindered growth in heterotrophic algal species, we didn't think of it as fermentation, we thought algae production.
Our technology is simple, but we needed to incorporate sound engineering principles on which to build the necessary elements. Oxygen, nutrients, and water, all needed to come together. We brought microbiologists, chemical engineers, ocean scientists, fermentation scientists, thermal engineers, and mechanical engineers together to develop SPAGS. Now FPN is scaling up to grow DHA using SPAGS. DHA sourced from fish meal is diminishing because wild caught fish and krill resources are diminishing. Algae is the only source of DHA that is abundant and available from FPN.
How do you plan to solve your DHA ingredient supply problem economically? By owning the production capacity that satisfies your need at a price that is only dictated by the cost of raw materials, not by the ever more precious natural resources, or price gouging markets.
We provide production plants using your local resources together with our critical technology elements. We will be at your service.
CEO Hiro Hara