Located in Pinjarra Hills (outside of Brisbane, Queensland) and developed in partnership with support from the local livestock industry, Schenk Lab researchers have established the Algae Energy Farm, a prototype demonstration farm that deploys new cost-saving technologies to produce food, feed, nutraceuticals or biodiesel from microalgae.
The Algae Energy Farm was officially opened on August 19th, 2014.
The Algae Energy Farm is an off-grid 250,000-L demonstration module that uses especially developed low-cost technology for cultivation, harvesting and drying of microalgae. Utilising in-house expertise gained in laboratory environments, the Schenk Lab has established a pilot facility which yields an estimated 60 barrels of biodiesel and 50 tonnes of algal biomass per hectare per year.
A combination of the module with anaerobic digestion will allow fertiliser recycling for operation as a zero-input Algae Energy Farm.
For our industry partners we offer a 360° approach to algae cultivation, harvesting and extraction. This includes supply of suitable strains, training at the Algae Energy Farm as well as assistance with farm design, techno-economic analyses for various production scenarios, as well as assistance during farm construction and operation during the first 12 months.
Watch our Algae Biotech video. With thanks from UQNTV 14.