Origin by Ocean has launched its industrial pilot with Caerulo™, marking a significant step towards scaling up its innovative process for converting harmful algae and sustainably farmed seaweed into valuable bio-based products.
The Proof is in the Process
The industrial pilot, hosted at Chempolis in Oulu, Finland, has demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of Origin by Ocean’s patented biorefining process on an industrial scale.
The outcome of the pilot confirms that the company can efficiently and sustainably extract valuable molecules from various species of algae to produce viable alternatives to oil-based chemical products.
From Invasive Blooms to Breakthrough Products like Caerulo
The first product to emerge from this industrial pilot project is sodium alginate, derived from invasive sargassum seaweed blooms in the Caribbean. This breakthrough product has been trademarked as Caerulo by Origin by Ocean.
With Caerulo as the initial success, the company is poised to shift its focus towards further process optimisation in collaboration with AFRY, a leading engineering partner.
Utilizing hundreds of kilograms of raw material in a single batch, this achievement opens doors to more accurate industrial concept design, enabling AFRY to commence their critical work. It paves the way for the development of precise blueprints, including plant drawings, as well as operational expenditure (OPEX) and capital expenditure (CAPEX) calculations.
Expanding Beyond the Product to an Ecosystem
Origin by Ocean’s mission goes beyond product development, as it aims to create a comprehensive feedstock ecosystem involving coastal entrepreneurs worldwide.
By harnessing the potential of invasive algae and sustainably farmed seaweed, the company not only aims to provide sustainable product alternatives to conventional chemical ingredients used in various industries, but also to rid eutrophied oceans of polluting nutrients.
Development work is ongoing, with the scale-up process and integration into the feedstock ecosystem progressing according to plan. Origin by Ocean remains committed to its mission to revolutionize the chemical industry, reduce the carbon footprint of products and contribute to the restoration of marine ecosystems.
Get to know more about how Caerulo can change your product formulation to be sustainable, biobased and effective on Origin by Ocean’s website.
Origin by Ocean’s CEO, Mari Granström, said; “Each leap in our journey, each successful trial, brings us closer to a world where the oceans breathe easier, and businesses thrive sustainably. Caerulo is more than a product; it’s a promise.”