Here is another reason why the momentum for algae development is stronger than ever.
As mentioned on my post "Algae coming soon in resins," consultant Neil Burns of US-based Neil A. Burns LLC remarked about algae developer such as Solazyme filing patents on algae-based specialty chemical products. As a cited example was a patent filed by Solazyme last year on algae-derived polysaccharides that can be used as anti-aging skin care ingredient.
This morning, Solazyme announced that it has partnered with consumer products giant Unilever in developing algal oil for use in soaps and personal care products. The companies said they are working on a process to incorporate algal oils into personal care products at a commercially relevant scale.
Since palm oil are being targeted by environmentalists, I guess Unilever might as well look for next-generation renewable oil as raw materials for their products. Unilever said exploring alternative natural oils is one of the company's most important sustainable sourcing strategy.