Welcome to the
ZIM – Cooperation Network
„Microalgae – a sustainable source
of high quality natural products“

About us

The international ZIM-Cooperation Network “Microalgae – a sustainable source of high quality natural products” is focused on biotechnical and industrial usage of microalgaes for producing high-grade natural substance in different fields like chemistry, pharmacy and food. In addition, innovative economically usable products and processes will be created in the areas of technological development (e.g. new production systems, degree of automation, contamination, gas management, quality monitoring systems) and the embedding of microalgae systems in industrial circulation systems (recovery of recyclable materials, waste water, aquaponics, air purification).

In this context, innovative economically usable products and processes are developed in close cooperation between companies and research partners. The further development and expansion of cooperation between German, Australian and Swiss partners is of special importance.


Algoliner GmbH & Co. KG

Algoliner GmbH focuses on bioreactors. They produces horizontal tubes at the exact location of the future photobioreactor. This not only enables the production of any profile length, but also replaces the need for connecting elements. This makes them flexible and modular (e.g. hanging or floating). The main goal of Algoliner is to implement cost-effective production methods for the production of biomass from microalgae.

Location: Messel
Established since: 2013


Bioactive Food GmbH

BioActive Food researches, develops and produces natural food concentrates to supplement daily nutrition.

Location: Bad Segeberg
Established since: 2008


Dr. Eberhard Bioenergie GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Eberhard Bioenergie deals with the production of microalgaes for the food industry. Extraordinary is its innovative, open system for producing end products with high quality.

Location: Neustadt Glewe
Established since: 2017

EvU - Innovative Environmental Technology GmbH

EvU (Development of Environmental Technology) is an established company that develops and offers modern and environmentally friendly technologies for the industrial and municipal waste water sector. The company plans and implements biological wastewater treatment solutions. The company combines the highest cleaning performance with modern, environmentally friendly technology.

Location: Gröditz
Established since: 2004


Füllner & Partner GmbH

Füllner und Partner GmbH is specialized on the extensive planning, software and hardware development, 3D construction, production of mechatronic components, LED luminaires and luminaire systems.

Location: Stahnsdorf b. Berlin
Established since: 1992



LABOKLIN is a private accredited laboratory with great experiences in the fields of pathology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Location: Bad Kissingen
Established since: 1989


Microganic GmbH

Microganic GmbH sells and produces microalgae and their ingredients for the food industry, the medical field and cosmetics. Their interdisciplinary, internationally trained team combines years of experience in algae production, sales and business administration.

Location: Melle
Established since: 2015


MINT Engineering GmbH

MINT is an innovative supplier for photobioreactors for microalgaes with special know-how in biology, engineering technologies, quality management and process control.

Location: Dresden
Established since: 2016


TERRA URBANA Umlandentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

TERRA URBANA is a nationally and internationally acting business, that is focused on environmental planning and environmental technologies.

Location: Zossen
Established since: 1993


Associated partners - Science

Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg

Research areas: microalgae for production of amino acid; characterization of new algae strains.

Location: Freiburg



Research areas: microalgae cultivation; integrated multitrophic aquaculture; process and installation engineering; ecologically, economically and socially sustainable microalgae production.

Location: Bremerhaven


Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg

Research area: phototrophic biotechnology, especially the cultivation and extraction of valuable substances from microalgae.

Location: Cottbus


Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Medizin- , Bio und Umwelttechnologien e.V.

Research areas: phototrophic processes for optimal biomass- and product building; analytics for algae ingredients; reactor systems on a scale 500 ml – 30 l; experimental platform for the evaluation of lightening, pH value, supply of carbon dioxide and nitrogen.

Location: Halle (Saale)


Hochschule Anhalt

Research areas: biotechnological production of valuable and active substances (carotenoids, sulfolipids, fatty acids, proteins, amino acids, pharmaceutical substances) from algae and the fermentation of complex biomass substrates (biogenic waste materials, renewable raw materials).

Location: Köthen


Hochschule Bremerhaven

Research area: biotechnology of microalgaes and cyanobacterias.

Location: Bremerhaven


Hochschule Kaiserslautern

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Lakatos, the University of Kaiserslautern is working on systems for building-integrated systems and is currently researching in the field of systems for the production of terrestrial microlayers. They pursue the bundling of competencies along the value chain for the production of innovative active ingredients and novel hybrid materials.

Location: Kaiserslautern


Hochschule Neubrandenburg

The main research areas of the University of Neubrandenburg are health and nutrition as well as sustainable structural change and conversion of rural regions. Prof. Dr. Michael Sandmann, Professor of "Food Bioprocess Engineering" at the Department of Agriculture and Food Sciences, is focusing on the field of food bioprocess engineering.

Location: Neubrandenburg


Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Research areas: organization and function of metabolic networks; phototrophic metabolism using cyanobacteria as model organisms.

Location: Berlin


Martin – Luther Universität Halle

Research areas: chemical and biological screening of actinomycetes and cyanobacteria strains, stock culture, isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active natural products.

Location: Halle (Saale)


Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Research areas: biochemistry; genetics and biotechnology of photosynthetic microorganism with the focus on the interaction between different metabolic pathways in photosynthetic cyanobacteria and green algae.

Location: Bochum


Technische Hochschule Wildau

Research areas: molecular biotechnology and functional genomics with focus on screening, development of robotics, lightening and Software; strain maintenance and culturing of microalgae and the analysis of carotene, unsaturated fatty acids and other ingredients; production of algae for the production of renewable resource and as a source of food for zooplankton.

Location: Wildau b. Berlin


Universität Bielefeld

The Algae Biotechnology & Bioenergy Research Group at Bielefeld University was founded in 2009 and is part of the Faculty of Biology and of the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec). The working group of Prof. Kruse investigates the potential of microalgae for the utilization of light energy and CO2 for the biotechnological production of valuable compounds in fundamental and applied research projects. Targets in the focus of our current research include hydrocarbons, carbohydrates, lipids, recombinant proteins and other bioactive molecules.

Location: Bielefeld


Universität Potsdam

Research areas: identification and application of secondary plant substances, identification and characterization of proteins due to Proteomresearch, Proteinprofiling or mapping, valuing changes in the structure of proteins.

Location: Potsdam


Zentrum für Ernährung und Lebensmitteltechnologie gGmbH

Research areas: The Centre for Nutrition and Food Technology - ZELT has been cooperating with research and the food industry since 1997. Product and process development for food companies is flanked by sensory, microbiological, chemical and physical analyses.

Location: Neubrandenburg


Associated partners - Industry

Phytolinc GbR

Phytolinc is a spin-off of the University of Cologne that has developed an innovative production process for microalgae. A membrane is used to produce terrestrial microalgae with high growth rates and new algae species that have not yet been cultivated industrially. Since this system can be connected to aquaculture, the young company is also involved in aquaculture and aquaponics.

Location: Cologne
Established since: 2018


Roquette Klötze GmbH & Co. KG

Since 2000, algae (e.g. Chlorella vulgaris) have been cultivated in Klötze. Roquette Klötze is a pioneer in the field of microalgae with its patented cultivation method in a 500 km long glass tube system. The entire cultivation from the starter culture to the finished product is controlled by the in-house laboratory and is certified according to the international standards GMP, HACCP, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 50001 and HALAL.

Location: Klötze
Established since: 1995


Whapow Germany GmbH

The Startup Whapow has expertise, experience and motivation in the food sector. The fresh products with algae developed and produced by Whapow are produced in a climate-friendly and environmentally friendly way and are produced and traded fairly. Whapow is of the opinion: Microalgae can solve macro problems!

Location: Klötze
Established since: 2017


Foreign partners

IMB Centre for Solar Biotechnology - The University of Queensland

Development of new solar powered technologies and industries based on photosynthetic green algae; Strain purification, cryopreservation, nutrient and light optimisation, metabolomics and metabolic engineering, high-value product development and screening, photobioreactor and raceway system design, technoeconomic analysis, scale-up.

Location: Brisbane, Australia


Climate Change Cluster - University of Technology Sydney

Research-based solutions focusing on the development of new algal biosystems with the following applications: Commercial-scale microalgal biomass cultivation methods in bioreactors; Efficient algal biomass harvesting and processing methods; Biotech-ready, genetically engineered, elite microalgal strains; Algae-based biodegradable plastics; Development and biomanufacturing of therapeutics from algae using GMP-lite facility; Bioremediation systems for wastewater and solid waste treatment.

Location: Sydney, Australia


Plant Biotechnology Laboratory - Hanyang University

Research-based solutions focusing on the development of versatile microalgal strains using microalgae transformation technique and molecular genetics; Identification of low temperature adaptation mechanism of polar microalgae, especially characterization and application of antifreeze proteins. As efforts to produce high valued biochemicals such as biodiesel and carotenoids, scientists are developing high light conversion efficiency, high speed CO2 capturing microalgae.

Location: Seoul, South Korea


University of Life Sciences FHNW

Prof. Dr. Riedl from the Institute for Chemistry and Bioanalytics in Muttenz is head of the working group "process engineering and technology" and will work in the network especially on the topic "technological development" for an increase of economic efficiency and scalability of microlayer production.

Location: Muttenz, Switzerland


AlgaEnviro Pty Ltd

Dr. Simon Tannock, CEO of AlgaEnviro, offers a natural method to keep waters healthy and control existing dangerous algal blooms. The Australian company uses special algae species, which are added to the water by a special process in order to be effective there.

Location: Nambour, Australia


DSI Technology Pty Ltd

Software solutions for production control in the agricultural and food sector; Process monitoring in the breeding, production and extraction of high-quality active ingredients

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Global Futuremakers Pty Ltd

Sustainable and innovative energy and water solutions

Location: Brisbane, Australia


Network management

T+I Technologie- und InnovationsConsult GmbH has extensive know-how in the field of ZIM network and cluster management. Within the networks that we initiated we support partner companies and scientific institutions in the identification of ideas and development of joint projects. We also support funding applications for innovative projects and ensure that reporting and billing to the promoters is compliant with the guidelines.

Furthermore, we ensure a constant exchange between the participating companies and scientific cooperation partners.


Circular Bioeconomy Cluster Meeting & Workshop – 18.-19. November 2019

On the 18th and 19th of November 2019, the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster Meeting took place at the University of Queensland in Brisbane as part of a joint meeting of the international ZIM cooperation networks: „UtBr – Umwelttechnologie und Bodenrekultivierung“ (English: Environmental Technology and Soil Reclamation), „Microalgae – a sustainable source of high quality natural products“ and „Water4All – Protecting our Freshwater“.



Lena Karwen
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