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Each year the Algae Biomass Summit provides tours of local algae facilities that offer priceless opportunities to see the latest technology developments this dynamic industry.


We are in the process of planning tours for the 2020 Summit! In the meantime, you can read about the tours that 2019 Summit attendees were able to experience:



2019 Carbon Capture and Algae Cultivation Tour

  • $175 for ABO members, $200 for non-members
  • Limited space available
  • Government issued ID (Driver license, passport or similar) required

2019 Summit attendees experienced the future of algae production and carbon utilization on a tour of an innovative carbon capture and algae cultivation demonstration operated by the Orlando Utilities Commission at the Stanton Energy Center (OUC-SEC).


The Stanton Energy Center is the most diverse generation site in Florida, powered by coal, natural gas , landfill gas, and solar. The Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) funded algae project site that is capturing waste carbon dioxide emissions for algae cultivation.


This project started as a small demonstration of algae cultivation technologies using waste CO2, and is now expanding to larger-scale ponds to produce valuable biomass for a variety of uses. This project is a partnership between the OUC, DOE-NETL, MicroBio Engineering Inc., and other groups. 

Tours participants had a chance to:

  • Tour the Stanton Energy Center’s power generation facilities
  • Examine the carbon capture technologies that are diverting CO2 for algae cultivation
  • Visit algae cultivation ponds using fossil CO2 to grow biomass for biofuels, feeds and other commodity products
  • Hear from project leaders about the valuable technical lesson learned, such as seasonal productivities, biomass composition, flue gas vs. pure CO2, CAPEX / OPEX and more.


2019 Supercritical CO2 Extraction Technology Tour 

  • $175 for ABO members, $200 for non-members
  • Limited space available
  • Government issued ID (Driver license, passport or similar) required

2019 Summit attendees were able to see the latest in supercritical CO2 biomass extraction technology during this tour of facilities operated by algae industry leader Valensa International in Eustis, Florida (about 50 miles from Orlando). 
Valensa utilizes a high capacity and ultra-high-pressure supercritical extraction plant to naturally recover botanicals, oils and other microalgae components for use in dietary ingredients, formulations for nutritional supplements, and functional foods that support healthy lifestyles. 

Attendees were able to:

Visit the leader in supercritical extraction of H. pluvialis biomass for extraction of astaxanthin.  Valensa also extracts saw palmetto (grown in Florida) for nutritional products. 


See supercritical CO2 extraction equipment and hear how the Valensa Deep Extract® process works to produce Zanthin®, Valensa’s premier product.    

Learn about the many applications of this technology in the microalgae field and beyond, from nutraceuticals to cosmetics, feed ingredients and much more.  


Hear about Valensa’s other microalgae products, from its sister company Alimtec for Haematococcus pluvialis and from Parry’s Organic Spirulina and Chlorella, to Euglena and the patented combination Phycocyanin from Spirulina.

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