Hungry for CO2
Technology How one innovative Canadian company is cleaning the air and capitalizing on algae.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most abundant byproduct of our industrial world. Expelled from our factories, steel mills, and the cars we drive, it’s the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases. But imagine being able to create and harness value from it. Thanks to the intrepid minds at Pond Technologies, that is exactly what’s happening.
Pond’s proprietary platform technology capitalizes on algae’s natural appetite for CO2 by turning the harmful gas into oxygen. Untreated emissions from the smokestacks of industrial facilities including power plants, cement plants, and sugar refineries can be redirected to large tanks, called bioreactors.
“Our technology is much more than a sequestration of carbon dioxide,” says Steve Martin, Pond’s CEO. “We actually convert greenhouse gases into sustainable proteins and high-value nutraceuticals, or dietary supplements, that can benefit society.”
Carbon recyclers are the future of industry
Just like trees or grasses, algae consume CO2 via photosynthesis. Algae grow rapidly — up to five generations per day — and are ready for harvest after just a few days. Algae can be upgraded into value-added products, including superfoods chlorella and spirulina, feed for farm animals, cosmetics, and even biodegradable plastics.
Pond’s revenue-focused carbon capture technology promises immense value for current and future investors. St. Marys Cement partnered with Pond to demonstrate the technology’s capability and became an investor. “Our investors have validated us as a platform for investment,” says Martin. “We are now a publicly listed company, and are actively commercializing two sites and looking for other opportunities.”
For green or responsible investors looking to participate in and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, the company provides a prime example of Canadian innovation poised to make a notable global splash. Martin adds, “The market for the technology is huge: there are more than 10,000 large emitters in North America, all of them a target for Pond. Every one of them can benefit from our solution and, even better, the algae can be used to feed humanity.”
Turn Back The Clock With Algae
You may not have heard of astaxanthin (as-ta-zan-thin), a bright red compound that comes from algae, but given its health benefits, you might just want to load up on some. The substance give salmon flesh that signature pink colour and it’s one of the most powerful antioxidants there is.
Astaxanthin prevents damage to our cells — often the cause of age-related ailments — and contributes to the health of our eyes, muscles, hearts, skin, brain, and joints, and can fight off the harmful effects of inflammation. Our bodies don’t produce this wonder compound as it is generally found in food sources that consume a lot of plankton and algae including wild salmon, shrimp, krill, and lobster. Fortunately, we can get our daily dose of astaxanthin, which wraps our cells in a protective layer, from Regenurex soft-gel capsules.
Approved by Health Canada, Regenurex is made from a naturally-sourced strain of microalgae found in British Columbia. Its innovative and proprietary natural extraction process involves no exposure to harsh chemicals, making it the most natural version on the market. And unlike most fish or krill oil, its sweet flavour and non-fishy aftertaste makes it easy to take.