• promotional image


Manchin, Whitehouse tour algae facility, discuss role of CO2 utilization - Algae Biomass Organization

October 13, 2014

In a sign of growing awareness among policy makers of carbon utilization as a climate change mitigation platform, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today paid a joint visit to ABO platinum member BioProcess Algae in Portsmouth, RI, to see first-hand how algae can be used to convert waste CO2 into valuable products at cost-competitive prices.

The visit was part of a two-state tour by the Senate colleagues to witness the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and the importance of coal in West Virginia.  In June, the Senators joined together for a colloquy on the Senate floor to discuss the effects of climate change and the importance of coal in America’s energy portfolio.

During the tour, Sen. Whitehouse discussed the strain that climate change, development and over-fishing have had on the state’s fisheries, and noted that algae not only help address climate change, but offer an alternative source of oils and protein that could ease demand on fish-derived sources of these nutritional components.  BioProcess Algae CEO, Tim Burns, noted that the company’s algae production facility in Shenandoah, Iowa, is already delivering algae-derived fish and animal feed produced from waste CO2.

Read More


Whitehouse takes coal state senator on RI climate change tour - Providence Journal

Article by - Richard Salt

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who has positioned himself as a climate and clean energy champion in Washington, will reach out to a coal country leader on Friday when he hosts West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin on a personal tour of Rhode Island focusing on the coastal impacts of global warming.

Whitehouse, who has traveled to numerous East Coast states trying to build support for congressional action on climate and carbon emission reductions, struck a deal with Manchin in the summer. Whitehouse said he would visit West Virginia to learn more about the coal industry if Manchin would come to Rhode Island for a first-hand look at how climate can impact the coast.

Read More


Algae companies ask EPA to be able to cash in on power plant emissions - Greenwire

Article by Amanda Peterka, E&E Reporter - Aug. 6, 2014

Algae companies on the cusp of commercialization say they worry that U.S. EPA may be shutting the door on an opportunity for them to cash in on power plants' carbon emissions.

Algae companies need to feed their microorganisms a steady diet of carbon dioxide, but EPA has not formally recognized their technologies in its proposals to stem greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. The companies worry that without government endorsement, power plants would have little incentive to give away their carbon for reuse.

Read More


Algae Biomass Advocates Push Past Exuberance, Aim for Sustainability - Xconomy

Article by Angela Shah - Feb. 11, 2014

Ice shut down Houston for the second time in five days recently, a weather event that, in its sheer strangeness, seemed a fitting backdrop for a gathering of alternative fuel advocates in Big Oil’s backyard.

I drove on an unusually empty Interstate 45 to Montgomery, TX, about 60 miles north of Houston, where the leaders of the Algae Biomass Organization—a consortium of scientists, entrepreneurs, oil companies, and logistics firms—have met yearly since the group’s founding in 2008.


Though the organization is based in Preston, MN, the board has gathered for its annual retreat in Texas for the past three years. Their host is one of the group’s founding members, Greg Mitchell, an algae research biologist at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Mitchell, a leading expert in the field, also happens to be a son of the late Texas oilman George Mitchell, known for driving the use of hydraulic fracking to aid the recovery of underground oil and gas deposits.

Read More


BioProcess Algae Appoints Vice President of Business Development


Portsmouth, Rhode Island (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – October 9, 2013 – BioProcess Algae LLC announces today that Leslie van der Meulen has joined BioProcess Algae LLC as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. van der Meulen will oversee business and corporate development activities.

“We are pleased to have Leslie join the management team at BioProcess Algae as we continue to advance our Grower HarvesterTM platform for feed, food or fuel,” said Tim Burns, CEO of BioProcess Algae. “Leslie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in all of our most important end use markets. He will be instrumental in leading our continued market development for BioProcess Algae’s products as our production platform continues to grow.”

Before joining BioProcess Algae, Mr. van der Meulen was Vice President of Business Development for Aurora Algae. Before that, he was Director of Sales & Marketing at Originates/Naturmega, a fish oil concentrate manufacturer. Mr. van der Meulen is active in the International Fishmeal and Fishoil Organization (IFFO) and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED), where he serves as chairman of the board.

About BioProcess Algae LLC

BioProcess Algae LLC is a joint venture among Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE), which is North America’s fourth largest ethanol producer, CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE: CLC) a global provider of filtration products, and BioHoldings Ltd. BioProcess Algae was formed to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for growing and harvesting of algal biomass.

Contact: Sasha Forsen, Public Relations Manager, (402) 884-8700


Shenandoah firm grows algae with a byproduct of ethanol plant - Des Moines Register

By Perry Beeman

SHENANDOAH, IA. — We’re all used to watching corn go in one end of a manufacturing plant and emerge as ethanol on the other end.

But algae?

BioProcess Algae claims to be the nation’s only algae-production facility located next to an ethanol plant, in this case Green Plains Renewable Energy in Shenandoah. That’s part of the reason the U.S. Department of Energy offered the joint venture a $6.4 million grant to develop drop-in fuels for military jets and ships.

And the firm grows the algae with a byproduct of the ethanol plant — carbon dioxide.

Green Plains has made a point of looking for ways to use every bit of every kernel of corn — 23.9 million bushels a year — to make something, said Green Plains CEO Todd Becker.

You know about the ethanol. The plant produces 65 million gallons a year for use in vehicles. But the plant also produces 16 million pounds of corn oil, and 182,000 tons of distillers grain, both used as animal feed.

Read More


Biofuels on the Verge - GreenTech Media

Article by Herman K. Trabish: Aug. 14, 2013 

The Environmental Protection Agency just announced it expects only 6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels to contribute to the 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2014.

But a tour of emerging sites in Iowa, the leading U.S. producer of first-generation ethanol, suggested that something big is about to happen in cellulosics and advanced biofuels.


Read More


Cicilline Kicks Off "Congress at Your Business" Tour at BioProcess H2O/BioProcess Algae in Portsmouth

Jul 29, 2013 

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline today continued his work to create jobs and get Rhode Island working again as he kicked off the first stop of his “Congress at Your Company” tour at BioProcess H2O/BioProcess Algae in Portsmouth.

“No one is fighting harder than Congressman Cicilline to create jobs for Rhode Island families and expand opportunities for our small business community,” said BioProcess CEO Tim Burns, who joined Cicilline at Monday afternoon's event. “We are grateful for his relentless work to stand up for Rhode Island.”

Cicilline visited BioProcess headquarters Monday afternoon, first touring the facility with Burns and later holding an informal conversation with employees regarding his efforts to support Rhode Island small businesses and what Congress can do to better serve their interests at the federal level.

Read More


Real Estate Used in Algae Production Classified as ''Agricultural Property'' in Iowa


By Kathleen Caggiano, Bloomberg BNA

Under legislation enacted in Iowa, real estate used in the production of algae to be harvested as a crop for animal feed, food, nutritionals, or biofuel production is classified as ‘‘agricultural property,’’ for valuations established on or after Jan. 1, 2013. [H.B. 632, enacted 5/24/13]

As a result of the ‘‘agricultural property’’ classification, algae is ‘‘on the same economic footing as corn and soy,’’ says Tim Burns, CEO of BioProcess Algae LLC.

Read the Full Story


Local plant draws visitors - KMA Land

Article by Nick Johansen -  July 3, 2013 

(Shenandoah) -- Two Iowa lawmakers paid a visit to KMAland on Tuesday. 

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were both in Shenandoah. They shared a lunch and tour with the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association at Green Plains Renewable Energy. Both men were taken on a tour of the expanding facility and after seeing the operation, KMA News had a chance to visit with both men. 

Congressman Latham says the Bio Process Algae plant does not live up to what most people think of when they think of algae.

"When people typically think of Algae, they maybe think of scum on water. This is so far removed from that. What they are doing here is remarkable. The potential this has for the future is just amazing. It is incredible what they are doing here and while it is still under development, I think they are going to be successful."

Read Full Article and Watch Video Here


BioProcess Algae in Biofuels Journal

Find our story on pages 46 and 47 of the latest Biofuels Journal


Tim Burns Elected to Algae Biomass Organization Board of Directors


Algae Biomass Organization Announces 2013-2014 Board of Directors

MINNEAPOLIS–May 14, 2013 – The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the U.S. algae industry, today announced the election of seven members to its Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term. The new and re-elected board members join eight others that are already serving terms on the board.

ABO’s board guides the organization in its mission to educate the general public, policymakers and industry about the benefits of algae to address energy security, food production and sustainability, and to advocate for policies that can accelerate the development of commercial markets for products made from algae.

ABO’s board is comprised of representatives from multiple sectors of an industry that is seeing more investment as well as the commissioning of several large-scale demonstration projects across the country. Board members come from industry sectors that include academia, professional services, producers, technology suppliers, project developers and end-users. The newly elected board members are:


Read More




May 10, 2013

Iowa may soon be joining Arizona and Ohio in passing state legislation that supports the algae industry. On Tuesday a bill to give algae producers the same property tax treatment as other agriculture industries passed unanimously in the state's Senate. The bill will help put algae on a level-playing field with other technologies and feedstocks.

Read More


BioProcess Algae Awarded $6.4 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Develop Advanced Drop-in Biofuels for Military Jets and Ships

Omaha, Neb. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – April 22, 2013 –BioProcess Algae LLC has been selected to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery project related to production of hydrocarbon fuels meeting military specification. The project will use renewable carbon dioxide, lignocellulosic sugars and waste heat through BioProcess Algae’s Grower HarvesterTM technology platform, co-located with the Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa.

“BioProcess Algae was the only algae platform chosen to be a part of this project by the DOE,” said Todd Becker, President and CEO of Green Plains. “This project will link our commercial scale platform for growing and harvesting algal biomass with technology partners for conversion into advanced biofuels. While this is a project for the development of drop-in biofuels, we continue to focus our technology for growing and harvesting algae for feed, food or fuel.”

“We believe our Grower Harvester platform will be vital in the development of this project with the DOE,” added Tim Burns, President and CEO of BioProcess Algae. “For this project, we will integrate low-cost autotrophic algal production, accelerated lipid production, and lipid conversion in an effort to develop a cost-effective advanced biofuel for military needs. This development is consistent with our current plans to build the next phase of Grower Harvester reactors in Shenandoah.”

The project will demonstrate technologies to cost-effectively convert biomass into advanced drop-in biofuels and the recipient is required to contribute a minimum of 50% matching funds for the project.

About BioProcess Algae LLC
BioProcess Algae LLC is a joint venture among CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE: CLC), a global provider of filtration products, BioProcessH2O LLC, a wastewater purification technology company, and Green Plains Renewable Energy. BioProcess Algae was created to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for growing and harvesting of algal biomass.

About Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.
Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) is North America’s fourth largest ethanol producer, which markets and distributes approximately one billion gallons of ethanol annually. Green Plains owns and operates grain storage assets in the corn belt and biofuel terminals in the southern U.S. Green Plains is a joint venture partner in BioProcess Algae LLC, which was formed to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for growing and harvesting algal biomass.

Safe Harbor
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such statements are identified by the use of words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," “goal,” "intends," "plans," “potential,” "predicts," “should,” “will,” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, outcome of events, timing and performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Green Plains may experience significant fluctuations in future operating results due to a number of economic conditions, including, but not limited to, competition in the ethanol and other industries in which the Company operates, commodity market risks including those that may result from current weather conditions, financial market risks, counter-party risks, risks associated with changes to federal policy or regulation, risks related to closing and achieving anticipated results from acquisitions, risks associated with the joint venture to commercialize algae production; the growth potential of the algal biomass industry and the full participation in the above mentioned grant from the U.S. DOE, and other risks detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. In addition, the Company is not obligated, and does not intend, to update any of its forward-looking statements at any time unless an update is required by applicable securities laws.

Contact: Jim Stark, Vice President - Investor and Media Relations, Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (402) 884-8700


BioProcess Algae Harvest | March 2013

The latest and greatest in agriculure...THE ALGAE HARVEST!

See how we harvest algae with our Grower HarvesterTM technology. 

Read more about our algae harvesting process at our blog!