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Algae Biomass Organization Welcomes Four New Silver-Level Members Operating in Markets for Nutrition, Water Treatment and Power Generation

WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2018) The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today announced AstaReal, Inc., Gross-Wen Technologies, the Orlando Utilities Commission, and SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions as its newest Silver-level members. The four leaders in algae technology and product innovation join the growing ranks of companies and organizations that are working with ABO to develop algae into a sustainable source of countless products and services.

“We are seeing a greater diversity of applications for algae cultivation than ever before,” said Matt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization. “We look forward to working with these four companies to build even bigger markets for the products and services that can be made more efficient, more sustainable and more effective with advanced algae technologies.”

AstaReal Inc, part of a world-wide AstaReal group located in Seattle, Washington is one of the leading producers of natural astaxanthin, a biomolecule critical to human and animal health. AstaReal is regarded as a pioneer in algae cultivation and in the early 1990’s became the first company in the world to commercially produce natural astaxanthin from microalgae. The company has invested heavily in clinical science and operates microalgae production facilities around the world including in the United States and Europe.

Iowa based Gross-Wen Technologies was founded in 2013 by Dr. Martin Gross and Dr. Zhiyou Wen to solve one of the world’s largest problems: water quality. Based on a technology developed at Iowa State University, the Gross-Wen approach harnesses a proprietary revolving algal biofilm system to cost-effectively recover nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. The carbon-negative process also produces algae biomass which can be sold as a slow releases fertilizer.

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) is a municipal utility that provides water and electric services to the City of Orlando, Florida and parts of the surrounding area. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, MicroBio Engineering, Inc., and other ABO members, OUC is working to demonstrate how algae cultivation can be used to capture carbon emissions from coal power production at its Stanton Energy Center.

About the Algae Biomass Organization

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies, and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits, and members and their affiliations, is available at the website:

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