vertical farming technology allows microalgae to grow indoors
Iceland-based company VAXA converts clean energy into sustainable food by using algae. Their groundbreaking vertical farming technology allows microalgae to grow indoors, completely independent of the weather conditions outside. Embedded with pink glowing lights (UV LEDs), the sealed and bio-secure module allows year round production of high quality, pathogen free, fresh algae with a consistent composition. It is aimed at a minimal water and land footprint and uses pristine non-marine well water which ensures a safe and clean process without cross contamination.
VAXA’s facility is integrated with one of the world’s largest geothermal power plants, using its by-products (natural CO2 emissions, hot and cold water, and 100% renewable energy) to produce carbon neutral microalgae. According to the company’s website, algae are rich in protein and, unlike other plant sources such as soy, contain a complete essential amino acid profile and a large number of phyconutrients.all images by VAXA | using the clean energy, hot and cold water and natural carbon emissions of the geothermal plant to produce microalgae
VAXA grows CO2-neutral microalgae all year round
Iceland is known as a world leader in developing clean geothermal energy. VAXA created a technology platform designed to leverage the clean, natural output of a geothermal plant in Iceland, enabling the growth of microalgae indoors. As they state on their websitethe company ensures the production of a constantly stable product suitable for food and nutrition. Their products are vegetarian and vegan friendly and are produced without antibiotics or pesticides.
The microalgae are produced in a sealed interior structure that provides a safe, clean growing environment with no risk of contamination. “Through our unique culture and light management, based on machine learning technology, our 24/7 bio-secure indoor production is fully controlled and optimized for growth,” calls the team. “Our manufacturing process requires less than 1% of the freshwater and land footprint compared to industry standards.”
growing completely sustainable and carbon negative algae
Iceland is a world leader in clean geothermal energy
a positive impact on land, water and climate
christina petridou i design tree
22 Sep 2022