Brevel Opens Microalgae Protein Commercial Plant

Seagriculture EU 2024
Brevel Opens Microalgae Protein Commercial Plant

Brevel combines light and fermentation to produce microalgae.

Microalgae protein company Brevel, Ltd. has opened its first commercial plant. Located in the desert periphery of Israel, the new site facilitates the introduction of Brevel’s new plant protein to the commercial food market by bringing production up to industrial levels.

The facility covers 27,000 square feet (2,500 square meters) and has the capacity to produce hundreds of tons of microalgae protein powder to serve the global alternative protein space.

From the new facility, Brevel can provide a fresh source of protein extracted from their uniquely grown chlorella. The resulting ingredient is highly nutritious, possessing the full amino-acid profile, has a neutral flavor and color, and leaves a negligible environmental footprint. The company expects the new facility to start releasing its first products by the first quarter of 2025.

Fermentation, plus light

Brevel cultivates its microalgae in indoor bioreactors via the fermentation of sugars. Unique to its technology is the simultaneous application of light with fermentation. This enables the generation of nutrient-rich microalgae in abundant yields, without any form of gene modification.

“Combining light and fermentation may sound like a very simple straightforward task to achieve but is actually extremely complex,” says Yonatan Golan, Brevel’s co-founder and CEO. “This was the challenge we managed to crack and it lies at the core of our technology. Until now, fermentation has been confined to dark environments and was instrumental in producing the extremely high yields. However, microalgae’s natural makeup of nutrients — including protein, lipids, fiber, and pigments – depend on photosynthesis for their development and growth.”

Brevel’s uniting fermentation and light into a single process results in a steady supply of a white powdered 60-70% microalgae protein concentrate. Its robust functional qualities allow for seamless applications into a full range of meat and dairy alternatives.

First focus

Brevel will focus first on alternative dairy products. “Our versatile solutions can boost protein content in dairy alternatives while mimicking the same sensory experience,” added Golan. “We have strategized several joint-venture partnerships in the US, Europe, and Asia. The result will be construction of larger facilities to fulfill growing demands for our sustainable protein in multiple applications.”

As part of its waste-free manufacturing process, Brevel valorizes all the algae’s valuable components, making the oil and fiber byproducts available as clean-label emulsifiers and a source of food enrichment for functional foods and food supplements.

“This new facility is just the beginning for Brevel,” said Ido Golan, CTO, and co-founder of Brevel. “We will make a vital contribution to building a secure, resilient food value chain that will nourish future generations with a new supply line of affordable yet highly nutritious protein.”

Last year Brevel raised nearly USD19 million in seed funding. The round, led by NevaTeam Partners and supported by the European Union’s EIC Fund, enabled this current phase of commercial-scale production and global outreach.

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