FAQ

About Seambiotic:

When was Seambiotic founded?
Seambiotic was founded in 2003.

What does Seambiotic do?
Seambiotic is the first company in the world that is utilizing flue gas from coal
burning power stations for algae cultivation. Seambiotic was founded with an
objective to grow and process marine microalgae using a revolutionizing
ecologically-based environmental system. Our technology and unique know-how
can be profitably exploited in two major areas: Biofuel and Food Additives.

Is Seambiotic now growing algae at commercial scale?
Not yet. As for today, only at a pilot plant.

Does Seambiotic sell algal biofuel?
 No.  

Will Seambiotic algae farms be used for CO2 capture in a commercial scale?
 Yes.

Can I invest in Seambiotic?
Seambiotic is currently a privately-owned company.
For further details concerning investments please contact:
Mr. Noam Menczel, Director of Investor's Relations & Business Development
at:

About the Technology:

What are algae?
Algae belong to a large & diverse group of plants which ranged from
unicellular to multicellular forms. Most algae are photosynthetic, exploiting the sun's
energy in order to produce biomass.

Where do algae grow?
Algae are some of the most vigorous organisms on earth, able to grow in a wide range
of conditions. Algae are usually found in damp places or different water sources and thus
are common in freshwater and marine environments.

What is the composition of algae?
Algae are made up of eukaryotic cells, which are cells with nuclei and organelles.
All algae have plastids - bodies with chlorophyll and other accessory pigments that absorb
light in photosynthesis.  Various groups of algae have different combinations of plastids. 
All have chlorophyll a, some have chlorophyll a & b, and some have a and assorted accessory
pigments.  All algae are composed of  varying proportions of proteins, carbohydrates,
fats and nucleic acids.    

What kind of algae does Seambiotic grow?
Seambiotic grows a few different species of marine unicellular algae.

What is required to grow algae?
Basically water (including seawater, brackish, waste, or salt waters),
and sources of inorganic carbon (CO2) and nutrients (N, P & other minerals).

Are algae currently a commercial crop?
Yes, mainly for health food and most common in the Far East.  

Do algae accumulate heavy metals or other harmful substances
that may be present in the air or water in which they live?

No.

How much oil can be made out of algae?
Equivalent to the algal lipid content, mainly neutral lipids. Oil-rich algae are those
containing 30% or more lipids per ash-free algal dry weight.

How much CO2 can algae consume?
Theoretically, 2g CO2/1g algae; practically, more as the ratio is related to the chemistry
of the growth medium.

How much of the CO2 from an industrial facility can a Seambiotic algae farm consume?
50 g CO2 per square meter of algae open ponds a day (2g CO2/1g algae, multiply by
the algal productivity per land area of 25g/m2/day)

How much water does a Seambiotic algae farm require?
Each square meter of pond area is equivalent to 250L of seawater.