Food Physics is boosting Spirulina's value, increasing Phycocyanin extaction from 0.2 mg/ml to over 60 mg/ml
To be located on the Caribbean Island of Bequia, the Food Physics Bequia Blue project, aims to multiply the extraction value of Spirulina using Pulsed Electric Field treatment.
PEF treated Spirulina yields more phycocyanin (blue dye), polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols, vitamins, and other valuable compounds.
Since 2013, when the FDA approved Spirulina extracts for commercial use, the desire for a more efficient extraction method has been widespread among food producers.
PEF stimulation increases Algae growth and extraction values
Extraction rates of phycocyanin from non PEF-treated spirulina are as low as 0.2 mg/ml. PEF can induce a release of 66.4 mg/ml.
Low-intensity PEF treatment stimulates the growth processes in algae and enhances extraction of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The stimulated algae creates a manifold increase in polyphenol content and antioxidant capacity.
PEF treated algae induces large increases in the yield of vitamins, which can be the basis for innovative new products.
Pulsed Electric Field has versatile potential for algae digestion and has been demonstrated, developed and tested in several FEI projects.
PEF generates hygiene improvements through the control of unwanted organisms.
The liquid handling ability of our CoolJuice™ system is ideal for the PEF treatment of algae and other similar products.
Low intensity PEF treatment stimulates the growth processes in algae and enhances extraction. CoolJuice gives control to the operator, creating an enhanced processing of micro-algae.
Without the use of PEF as a pre-treatment, extraction rates of Phycocyanin have been recorded at 0.2mg/ml. By using PEF treatment, it is possible to increase the yield to 66.4mg/ml.
As a versatile superfood with a broad range of product potential, Spirulina has a high cost and strong demand.
Our ability to increase the extraction yield from one of natures only sources of blue, will make the blue from Bequia more accessible to all customers.
Unlocking hidden potential within all food types is what Food Physics does, spirulina treatment on Bequia is our next example.
Bequia is a picturesque island, surrounded by tropical sea, and spiked with mountainous peaks, providing several natural algae pools.
We want to make use of existing resources to create a high value product, combining nature and new technology.
Within these quarry pools is the perfect natural environment for micro-algae to blossom and produce the spirulina we need for phycocyanin extraction.
The opportunity to develop a local economy through improved job security and increased income is something that Food Physics wishes to hallmark as a distinction of the business going forward.
PEF’s opportunities are not tied to product development alone, where a social difference can be made through business it must be exploited and taken to its fullest.