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Algae Saltlick Developed in Netherlands

August 1, 2011, by Dr. Arthur Kroon
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Since September of 2010 algae have been on the list of permitted animal feed resources of the European Union. On July 15, 2011, Kelstein, the first algae farm in Friesland, Netherlands, received the formal accreditation required to trade its own produced algae for feed applications.

Kelstein’s locally produced unicellular algae are ideally suited for feed applications, and form a natural complement to the feed regime of the region’s farm animals, containing high levels of vitamins and organic trace elements required for animal health.

10 kilo/1 gallon algae cake from centrifuge

10 kilo/1 gallon algae cake from centrifuge

The algae farm and the downstream processing of the algae to a feed ingredient have been developed in collaboration with Algae Food and Fuel.

The Kelstein site claims to be the first CO2 negative dairy farm in the world. They coined the name Greencircle farming because they aim to recycle all waste streams of a dairy farm in a sustainable and economically profitable process. The farm produces milk, and now also algae, all synergistically improving the efficiency and sustainability of a farm.

Lorry with Kelstein Algae Saltblocks

Lorry with Kelstein Algae Saltblocks

The site consists of a 70 Ha dairy farm (220 cows), an anaerobic digester (volume 4200 m3, 5 million kWh/year) and an algae production unit with 1200 m3 productive volume. Both the heat and the CO2 emissions of the biogas plant are used to grow algae 365 days a year. The plant produces its own energy and the power for 1000 family homes.

The unique Greencircle Algae Saltblock is the first commercial product that Kelstein and Algae Food and Fuel have developed, and currently produce and distribute in cooperation with feed manufacturers. While algae has been promoted for years as a high content source of essential substances, until this product only modest quantities of algae were produced for livestock and feed applications in this area.

Cow enjoying one of Kelstein’s saltlicks

Cow enjoying one of Kelstein’s saltlicks

Kelstein and Algae Food and Fuel see this as first steps towards a new agricultural industry and sustainable production of animal feed, as well as the first in a product line that realizes the promises of algal biotechnology in an agricultural setting.

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