If we don't act, the world will change dramatically in many of our own lifetimes and for most people that change will be for the worse.
Today we have a window of opportunity.
Slashing greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide) will be the key to turning things around and Greenskill Environmental technology can help.
There is general agreement that unrestrained combustion of fossil fuels with concomitant carbon emissions, is causing climate change. To mitigate these emissions, there is a global race to develop processes that capture carbon dioxide and convert it into competitively priced fossil fuel replacements.
International governments and Global corporations are investing heavily in microalgae cultivation as the foundation of a competitive solution to produce fossil fuel replacements and mitigate climate change.
Freshwater is a limited resource and water quality is under constant pressure from both natural and anthropogenic processes such as sewage treatment and industrial effluent.
Preserving freshwater quality is important for drinking water supply, food production and recreational water use. Preserving our marine environment is of equal importance.
Sewage discharge is causing serious damage to our coastal biodiversity and in many locations, seafood abundance and quality is on the decline.
Conventional sewage technology is expensive, energy intensive, a significant greenhouse gas emitter (3% Total UK emissions) and generally incapable to removing nutrients and other recalcitrant solutes from sewage discharges. These partially treated discharges more increasingly result in toxic blooms we observe in lakes, rivers and oceans. Nitrogen and phosphorous levels have been increasing in both freshwater and marine environments and are now considered major contaminants.
Water, nutrients and energy issues are inextricably connected, and microalgae can exploit these connections.
Analogous to a controlled algal bloom, we can take advantage of the ability of microalgae to remove nutrients and other contaminants from wastewater as they photosynthesise, grow and divide.
Earth’s atmosphere today is very different from its prehistoric antecedents, when volcanoes formed the first atmosphere by spewing water vapour, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide into the air. Then primitive algae life forms evolved photosynthesis, consumed the carbon dioxide, and created the oxygen rich atmosphere that exists today. The by-product of early algal photosynthesis being the fossil fuel reserves we consume today.
They are prolific growers and produce ten times more biomass per hectare compared to the most productive agricultural crops.
For each tonne of algae harvested, 1.8 tonnes CO2 is consumed.
The biomass is easily processed due to the absence of lignin
There are more than 100,000 strains
Bioengineered microalgal strains can produce alcohols, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and complex biochemicals in commercial quantities. Within the next 5-10 years we will be able to bioengineer strains to produce any commodity biochemical or petroleum replacement.
Global R&D efforts to engineer microalgae strains to produce valuable products is also prolific, with most major Big Oil, Chemical, Engineering, Mining and Utility companies establishing their own microalgal strain development research programmes.
In order to produce sustainable ‘designer’ biochemicals, companies will employ the most efficient microalgae cultivation engineering on the market in order to be competitive.
Greenskill Environmental's founders have spent over three and a half decades unlocking the carbon capture power of microalgae to develop vital food, nutrition, and speciality ingredients, in addition to resource recovery based bioremediation processes that generate revenue for operators.
We are a consultancy specializing in the design and construction of photosynthetic microbe processes for the production of pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals, livestock feeds, petroleum replacement biochemicals and biofuels.
We provide solutions from the lab-scale to full-scale systems in addition to system integration with wastewater remediation and carbon capture.
Greenskill are experienced in applied photobiotechnology, molecular biology, biochemistry, large-scale cultivation and civil/environmental engineering.
We collaborate with academia and industries such as water utilities, personal care and nutrition ingredient manufacturers, agriculture and municipalitites. Our expertise extends from fundamental laboratory research through large-scale system engineering. We provide full services from R&D plans and project development to detailed engineering designs.
The Greenskill team can offer the following services
• Due diligence
• Bioscience consulting
• Economic and business case analysis
• Business plan development/reviews
• Algae production and processing facility engineering design, cost estimating, permitting advice
• Research program development & proposal writing
• Microalgal strain and microbial consortia development
• Effluent bioremediation and resource recovery solutions - Sewage, Digestate liquor, Mine water, Feedlots, Aquaculture
• Passive toxic algal bloom mitigation system deployment
• Biomass processing advice - Integrated biorefinery, Anaerobic digestion and hydrothermal liquefaction
Product development advice - Biofuels, Livestock feeds, Nutraceuticals, Cosmeceutical and Pharmaceuticals