The microalgal group diatoms account for 20% of global carbon fixation and produce the oxygen of every fifth breath we take. During millions of years, diatoms have evolved and survived in harsh conditions. On an expedition to the Antarctic, our co-founder, Angela Wulff, who is a professor in marine ecology, studied diatoms living inside and under the ice. A fascinating discovery that led her to believe that it would be possible to cultivate algae industrially back home in Sweden, under controlled forms. Once she had returned, she met Sofie Allert, a biotechnologist, who had developed a fascination for algae and the use of algae as a sustainable raw material in industrial applications during her bachelor thesis. Together they set out to prove that it is possible to create a sustainable and even climate positive industry with the help of algae.
Climate change effects, like global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions, and our way of releasing chemicals that contaminate