An Efficient Algae-to-Biofuel Process

An innovative cell rupture process enabled by Glen Mills’ DYNO-MILL® grinding technology breaks apart yeast bacteria, fungi, algae and other microorganisms.


Algae-to-BiofuelAn innovative cell rupture process enabled by patented DYNO-MILL® grinding technology available from Glen Mills, Inc. breaks apart yeast bacteria, fungi, algae and other microorganisms in order to permit the easy and efficient extraction of high energy-containing protein, enzymes and other lipid-bearing intracellular components.  According to the company:

  • The relatively easy cultivation of algae can be located at a laboratory, central processing facility, or directly at a point of use location.  
  • Algae slurry is simply pumped into the grinding chamber of the shear DYNO-MILL horizontal grinding system that is fitted with a shaft assembly and loaded with media beads. 
  • During the low-temperature grinding operation, media beads located within the grinding chamber rotate with differing levels of kinetic force to shear, impact and rupture the cell walls. 
  • The efficient operation routinely achieves cell rupture rates approaching 100 percent. 
  • A dynamic separator or screen then filters out and discharges and collects the resulting suspension of broken cells, while retaining the beads within the mill.
  • The quiet, completely enclosed DYNO-MILL system features a wide range of cell rupture parameter controls that are used to optimize cell size output during the single-pass process. 
  • A variety of DYNO-MILL models, sizes and configurations are available to accommodate laboratory research, field processing, and commercial  production applications.
  • Sample tests and contract lab time can be arranged and rental units are available for user laboratory testing and evaluation by contacting Glen Mills Inc.
  • Intermediate and larger-size production units are available to address pilot-plant scale-up and production processing output requirements.  


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