Chris Hillseth Enterprises partners with Phycotech Inc. to release ultra-efficient algae photobioreactor

[USA] Chris Hillseth Enterprises, a leading supplier of equipment and facilities, has officially been named Machinery and Distribution Partner of PHYCOTECH INC, a photobioreactor technology company. Together, Chris Hillseth Enterprises and Phycotech Inc will offer the Phycoforest, a state-of-the-art and easily scalable photobioreactor that will promote the research, development and commercialization of algal biotech.

Says Chris Hillseth, President and CEO of Chris Hillseth Enterprises, “While algae research has been going on for many years, we have only scratched the surface of this vast field, and many improvements can be made. With the Phycoforest, researchers and entrepreneurs alike will be able to test, grow, and harvest healthy microalgae in a controlled environment. The potential for growth within this industry is endless, and we are thrilled to be working with Phycotech to be a part of it.”

The Phycoforest Photobioreactor is a reactor that effectively produces dense, pure, and stable algal cultures in a closed system. It utilizes narrow vertical tubes and a unique airlift mixing and conveying system to optimize photosynthetic activity, nutrient delivery and gas exchange. The system is highly efficient due to the combined factors of high biomass productivity and low operational and capital cost. Currently, the Phycotech Phycoforest is available in three standard sizes, 150L, 1500L, and 15000L.

Phycotech has brought together an expert team of industry professionals for their Phycoforest Advisory Team. The company’s mission is to provide its customers with cutting-edge photobioreactor technology.

“By providing cost-effective solutions for the production of high-quality algal biomass, we hope to contribute the continued growth of the algal industry, and play a key role in a more sustainable world”, remarks Paul Cathart, President of Phycotech. “By partnering with Chris Hillseth Enterprises, we are confident that we can make a difference in this industry, and are excited about what the future will bring.”

The complete Phycotech Advisory board includes:

  • Algae Industry – Robert Henrikson, Ronore Enterprises, Inc
  • Food Science – Dr. Brian Hampson, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Food Industry – Michel Algazi, Foodcentricity
  • Engineering – Daniel Michel, Helvitica
  • Machinery and Distribution – Christopher Hillseth, Chris Hillseth Enterprises
  • Regulatory Affairs – Joseph Schilleci, Schillieci & Tortorici

More information about the Phycotech Phycoforest can be found at:

About algae biotechnology

Algae biotechnology can utilize the cellular machinery of algal cells as microscopic chemical factories. Molecules for fuel, food, feed, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics can all be produced using only sunlight, carbon dioxide and common plant fertilizers. Closed photobioreactors allow for the control of the culture parameters for the production of the desired compounds. They also do not require arable land, nor large quantities of fresh water. With only 5 of the 20,000 known algal species in commercial cultivation today, the frontier of algal biotech is open before us. Algae can be used to make bio-fuel, bio-plastics, gelatins, food, cosmetics, and more.


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