Commercial Products from Algae

  • Kelly Hudek
  • Lawrence C. Davis
  • Jwan Ibbini
  • Larry EricksonEmail author


The growing interest in algae is associated with current commercial products and future potential biofuel developments. The focus of this chapter is on commercial products from microalgae and macroalgae. This market is estimated to be of the order of billions of dollars per year with more than 20 different commercial products. The largest market is food products, including nutraceuticals and functional foods. There are many refined products; in some cases, there are multiple product streams associated with the separation process. Production occurs in fresh water for some microalgae such as Spirulina. Many macroalgae are grown in salt water environments; there are both managed production systems and harvests from natural areas of seas and oceans. Because of the diversity of growth environments and species, many more potential products are possible, and additional research is to be encouraged. There are many additional locations in the world that can be used to produce beneficial products.


Macroalgae Microalgae Nutraceuticals Products Seaweeds 








Partial financial support was provided by the National Science Foundation through NSF EEC # 1156549. We thank Cyanotech Corporation; Michael D. Guiry, Irish Seaweed Research Group; and Robert Henrikson, Earthrise Farms, for permission to use copyrighted figures. The copyright owner of Figs. 3 and 4 is Michael D. Guiry, Algaebase.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly Hudek
    • 1
  • Lawrence C. Davis
    • 2
  • Jwan Ibbini
    • 3
  • Larry Erickson
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  3. 3.Department of Land Management and the EnvironmentHashemite UniversityZarqaJordan
  4. 4.Department of Chemical EngineeringKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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