PHYCO2’s mission is to design, develop and utilize leading edge technologies to cost
effectively grow algae in industrial quantities for use in food, nutraceutical, cosmetic, bio-plastic, and bio-fuel applications. PHYCO2 strives to harness the photosynthetic process of algae to sequester CO2, clean waste water, and produce oxygen to improve our quality of life.
- 2008 – PHYCO2 LLC was formed by Greg Hagopian, Managing Member, and Robert (Bob) Morgan, Secretary, as a Delaware LLC. The company’s purpose was to sequester CO2 from power plants through a photosynthetic process with algae.
- 2010 – Patent applications were filed in the US, EU, Canada, and India. The company tested a small scale reactor at Utah State University which showed the potential of the design to grow algae and reduce CO2. A Cooperative Research Agreement was signed with Michigan State University to test the PHYCO2 designed reactors and its performance with various algae strains.
- 2014 – The company raised capital to fund the construction of two prototype reactors and run an 18 month series of tests at Michigan State University (MSU).
- 2015 – The prototypes were built and installed at the MSU T.B. Simon Power Plant where they received a slip stream of flue gas from a natural gas or coal fueled boiler. Testing of the reactors and their subcomponents began in November 2015.
- 2016 – Testing of the prototypes was completed in late October 2016. The reactor set-up was modified to increase the light intensity on the algae which resulted in much higher algae production and CO2 sequestration rates. The design of scalable reactors for large algae production plants was started with 3D modeling of the reactors and CFD analysis of the fluid circulation in the reactor designs. The company plans to fund the construction of algae production plants.
PHYCO2 creates sustainable commercial algae production while sequestering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and cleaning waste water.