Seambiotic Usa And Nasa Glenn Research Center Signed Agreement For Large Scale Microalgae Process Op

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Seambiotic USA and NASA Glenn Research Center Signed Agreement for Large Scale Microalgae Process


ASHKELON, July 7 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Seambiotic, a global leader in the development and

production of marine microalgae for the nutraceutical and biofuel industries,

has announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Seambiotic USA, has entered into an

agreement with NASA Glenn Research Center to develop an on-going

collaborative R&D program for optimization of open-pond microalgae growth


    "Under a Space Act Agreement, NASA is partnering with

Seambiotic USA to model growth processes for microalgae for use as aviation

biofuel feedstock," said Prof. Ami Ben-Amotz, Chief Scientific Adviser to

Seambiotic. "The goal of the agreement is to make use of NASA's expertise in

large-scale computational modeling and combine it with Seambiotic's

biological process modeling to make advances in biomass process cost


    Under the Agreement, NASA Glenn and Seambiotic USA will work together to

improve production processes and to study and qualify algae oil from

alternative species and production processes as candidate aviation fuel at

NASA's test facilities.

    About NASA Glenn Research Center

    The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center ( is one of NASA's 10 field centers,

empowered with the resources for developing cutting-edge technologies and advancing scientific research that

address NASA's mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

Working in partnership with government, industry and academia, the center serves to maintain the U.S. economy's

global leadership while benefiting the lives of people around the world. 

About Seambiotic USA

    Seambiotic USA is a fully owned subsidiary of Seambiotic Ltd., located in

Ashkelon, Israel.

    Seambiotic ( was founded in 2003 to grow and

process marine microalgae for the nutraceutical and biofuel industries.

Seambiotic's research efforts include a pilot study at an Israeli Electric

Corporation power station near the city Ashkelon, Israel, where various

species of marine microalgae have been successfully cultivated using the

power station's CO2 emissions released directly from their smokestacks; the

microalgae are in turn used as feedstock for biofuel. Seambiotic technology

reduces the cost of microalgae production significantly while lowering global

warming by reducing industrial CO2 emissions. The company is currently in

transition from the pilot plant stage to large scale industrial algae

cultivation and production.


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