MicroBio Engineering, Inc. (MBE) is an engineering services and technology company focused on microalgal technologies for Wastewater reclamation: Algae processes are lower cost and more sustainable than other state-of-the-art technologies. Simultaneous nitrogen and phosphorus removal and recovery. Chemical-free removal of suspended algae via bioflocculation. Municipal, industrial, and agricultural wastewater treatment systems.

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PO Box 15821 , San Luis Obispo , California 93406 USA

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Business Type:
Market research company
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Water Treatment
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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MicroBio Engineering, Inc. is a microalgae biotechnology company focused on developing near- to mid-term algae-based wastewater treatment, renewable energy and animal feed production systems.

Microalgae cultivation in conjunction with the treatment of nutrient-rich waste streams is the most immediately practical and economical technology for biofuel production.

MBE was founded as a consulting partnership in 2007 by Drs. John Benemann and Tryg Lundquist, and incorporated in California in July of 2009. Dr. Benemann started studying the use of microalgae for wastewater treatment, renewable energy and other applications during the 1970s, when he conducted research at the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with the late Professor William Oswald, a pioneer in this field. Dr. Lundquist, a professional engineer, also worked with Professor Oswald at Berkeley, starting in 1988. He joined the faculty at Cal Poly in 2006, and has worked with pilot and full scale algal wastewater treatment including at the cities of Delhi, St. Helena, Hollister, and Hilmar.

Since its founding, MBE has supported a wide variety of corporate, government and university clients in understanding the scientific and engineering aspects of algae cultivation.

Key areas of expertise include:

  • the use of algae to treat agricultural, commercial and municipal waste streams,
  • the production of oil by algae,
  • low cost algae harvesting,
  • algae for animal and aquaculture feed,
  • and algae biomass digestion.