Aurora Algae Expands Test Facility in South Texas

Aurora Algae is expanding its south Texas testing facility with four one-acre algae cultivation ponds and a harvesting system for potential commercial production.

HAYWARD, Calif.—Aurora Algae is expanding its south Texas testing facility with four one-acre algae cultivation ponds and a harvesting system for potential commercial production. The company chose this location due to its arid climate, prime for algae agriculture.

“We have successfully tested our algae cultivation system in countries around the world, including Australia, India, Italy, Mexico and multiple locations in the United States," said Greg Bafalis, Aurora Algae CEO. “From our initial testing, South Texas looks like a great fit for our requirements. Early results are extremely encouraging, and we are excited by the possibility of building our first commercial-scale operation on American soil."

Aurora has been running a demonstration-scale algae cultivation facility in Karratha, Western Australia, for more than two years, which produced upwards of 15 tons of dried algal biomass per month. The company has since been transitioning into commercial production.

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