Official ground-breaking ceremony in Hartberg: BDI Life Science Technology becomes reality

Together with its subsidiary BDI – BioLife Science GmbH, BDI takes the first step in implementing its innovative algae technology.

  • Proprietary technology for algae cultivation
  • High-value, algae based materials for biolife science business

BDI – BioEnergy International AG, a specialized plant engineering company from Styria, Austria, has set itself the goal of building its own industrial plant based on its innovative algae reactor system for the production of algae biomass. The go-ahead for this huge milestone was given on 26 January 2018 in the Hartberg Ecopark (Styria) by the groundbreaking ceremony.

After years of research, BDI succeeded in developing its proprietary production system and in scaling it up to industrial size. Planning, building and operating its industrial algae production plant marks BDI's first step into this business sector as raw material producer. Firstly, the wholly owned subsidiary BDI – BioLife Science GmbH will produce algae-based raw materials for food supplements, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

According to Dr. Edgar Ahn, Member of the Management Board, "We are very proud that we have been able to bring once again a product of our R&D into industrial realization. By building this industrial plant, we can guarantee location-independent and cost-efficient production of valuable, high-quality algae products under optimal, environmental friendly conditions."

"Projects like this are the best way to strengthen the Styrian regions. They provide benefits, jobs and thus quality of life. I am pleased that with the ground breaking ceremony today, the starting signal for an important investment in the future is being made. I am sure this project will further accelerate the development of green technologies in Styria ", said Minister of Economic Affairs MMag.a Barbara Eibinger-Miedl.

Ing. Markus Martschitsch said, “As the Mayor of the municipality of Hartberg, I am very pleased that this innovative and future-oriented production facility will be part of another development milestone of the Hartberg Ecopark.”

"With the establishment of BDI at the Ecopark, a good business expansion has been achieved in the corporate cluster "Environmental Technology from Renewable Resources”. The Ecopark is pleased to have convinced with its orientation and the complete range of services. The development of further joint projects in cooperation with different partners from science and the regional economy are planned and will be tackled ", Mag. Stefan Lorenzoni, CEO of Ökopark Errichtungs GmbH, pointed out.

About BDI – BioEnergy International AG
BDI – BioEnergy International AG is market and technology leader in the construction of customized BioDiesel plants using the Multi-Feedstock Technology the company has developed itself, which can manufacture BioDiesel from different raw materials, such as Vegetable Oils, Used Cooking Oils and Animal Fats. Together with its German subsidiary UIC GmbH, BDI is also active in the field of vacuum distillation. UIC GmbH supplies equipment and components for the gentle distillation of liquid mixtures in both rough and fine vacuum. In the Life Science segment, BDI creates with its fully-owned subsidiary BDI – BioLife Science GmbH new standards in the production of valuable algae-based products. This innovation enables the development of processes and equipment of the production and use of algae biomass.

BDI has specialized in the development of technologies that make optimum use of resources in the industrial processing of by- and waste products ever since it was established in 1996 and owns an extensive patent portfolio that has resulted from its in-house research and development activities. Our range of services includes public authority, basic and detailed engineering, installation and start-up as well as After-Sales support.

BDI – BioEnergy International AG and the companies it consolidates currently have 110 employees.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Edgar Ahn
Member of the Board, CSO

BDI – BioEnergy International AG
Parkring 18
A-8074 Raaba-Grambach
Tel: +43 (0) 316 4009 100
Fax: +43 0) 316 4009 110

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Official ground-breaking ceremony in Hartberg: BDI Life Science Technology becomes reality