Proud of our crucial new technology and the exciting results we have achieved to date, KeyNatura continues to take a leading role in a number of research and innovation projects, often in collaboration with universities and other technology pioneers. Our aim in this context is two fold:
- To reduce the environmental footprint in cultivating and extracting the essence of “Haematococcus pluvialis” (astaxanthin and omega 3), for the benefit of our customers.
- To explore in greater detail the health benefits of astaxanthin for preventive health care; with a view to reducing the need for synthetic drugs and improving the availability of more natural, preventive treatments.
Research projects to date include:
- Sustain-ALGae – Sustainable integrated microalgae culturing system
- European Union funded (phase I, horizon 2020)
- Novel design of a photo bioreactor, with special emphasis on production of astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis Technological Fund Iceland (project #152974-0611, second year)
- Energy Startup, Reykjavík (commenced 2015, now completed)
- Extraction of Astaxanthin Technological Fund Iceland (project #142688-0611, completed)
- Bioactivity of Astaxanthin Icelandic Student Innovation Fund (Sept 2015, completed)
- Novel use of geothermal gases for algae culturing (completed)
- Culturing microalgae Icelandic Student Innovation Fund (completed Sept 2016 and nominated for a Presidential Award)