Breaking Barriers Through Innovative Membrane Solutions: Supercharged Nutraceutical Production from Spirulina Algae

    About the Case Study

    Founded over 150 years ago, our client is a pioneering multi-product manufacturer in India. The company particularly takes pride in delivering high-quality extracts, in line with worldwide quality standards of purity to serve their clients globally. One of their key products – a micro-algae is extracted and concentrated to the appropriate requirements.

    A type of blue-green algae is known for its rich nutritional content, particularly in protein, vitamins (such as B vitamins), minerals (such as iron and magnesium), and essential fatty acids. The extract can be incorporated into various formulations, such as capsules, tablets, powders, or liquid extracts, to create high-quality nutraceutical products.

    This extraction process however involves several complex steps to isolate and purify the pigment in a form that is most bioavailable, pure, medically effective, and safe for consumption.

    This case study revolves around the setup of this multi-stage, multi-membrane system, highly customized to the client’s needs – and the implementation of various types of membrane systems to achieve the desired results.


    In this case study, you’ll learn –

    • An insight into the multi-stage process of bio-compound extraction from a micro algae culture.
    • A unique, custom-designed, multi-membrane process system built by Permionics for this implementation.
    • Technologies implemented including microfiltration, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis
    • Positive results through the implementation, effects of the quality of the derived compounds, cost-effectiveness and long-term viability of the implementation.
    • Pre-concentration filtration system
    • Microfiltration membrane for clarification of product compounds
    • Ultrafiltration Hollow fiber module for product concentration
    • Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration, and Reverse Osmosis processes for water recovery and recycling

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