Primafuel Unveils International Algae Biorefinery Program

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Primafuel to combine upstream algae production and downstream biorefinery technology to produce high-value products and renewable fuels

Our biorefinery platforms extract and purify nutritional products, while producing both chemicals and renewable fuels.

California-based Primafuel announces its international Algae Biorefinery Program. By combining upstream algae production and downstream biorefinery systems, Primafuel offers an innovative approach to commercializing algae technologies. Primafuel's proprietary process reduces costs and maximizes the economic potential of algae by producing a range of high-value products and renewable fuels.

Primafuel's algae technology team has been at the forefront of algae research for more than three decades and has a successful track record of commercializing algae production systems. Primafuel holds an exclusive licensing agreement with the Ben-Gurion University Microalgae Biotechnology Lab, a team recognized internationally as experts in strain selection, genetic engineering, and aquaculture. Led by Dr. Sammy Boussiba, the Israel-based team is comprised of more than two-dozen PhD scientists, researchers, and engineers. Primafuel's biorefinery technology team, with labs in California and Europe, has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for transformational biomass processing technologies.

"Our unique solutions are tailored to maximize algae's tremendous potential," said Primafuel CEO, Richard Woods. "Our biorefinery platforms extract and purify nutritional products, while producing both chemicals and renewable fuels."

In the last several years, Primafuel's US and European laboratories have developed multiple technology platforms focused on the separation, purification, and conversion of products from biomass. The first of these technology platforms, SMAART™ Oil, has been commercialized through a subsidiary, Primafuel Solutions.

About Primafuel:
Primafuel's international team of award-winning technology experts deliver renewable fuels and high-value products to meet the world's rapidly growing need for sustainable energy, chemicals, and materials. Recent awards include a 2008 Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum, a 2008 Achievement Award from Biofuels Digest, and a ranking in the Hottest 50 Companies in Bioenergy. Privately-held and based in California, the company has operations in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. On the web at

Doug Heckman
Primafuel Communications Manager


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