By Mike Peterson - March 29, 2013
(Shenandoah) -- Shenandoah is ground zero for algae production in the country and world.
That's according to Tim Burns, CEO of BioProcess Algae, who gave an update on the progress of Shenandoah's algae-growing plant at Thursday night's Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association's annual meeting and banquet. BioProcess Algae designs, builds and operates commercial scale bioreactors enabling conversion of light and CO2 into high value microbial feedstock. In an interview with KMA Ag Services Director Dean Adkins, Burns traced the history of the plant, which dates back four years ago, when phase one went on line. U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack was on hand for the opening of phase two in 2010, which involved the construction of exterior bioreactors to create a commercial product. After launching an outdoor reactor in 2011, the company began operating phase three--a 5-acre production facility--last year.