Methane and algae trough zooplankton to valuable food

Principal investigator: University researcher Hannu Nykänen

Funding period: 2016 – 2018 (Finnish Academy, key project funding)


The aim of this study is to examine the possibility to use bio-methane (bio-CH4) without carbon dioxide (CO2) removal or pressurization to grow methane oxidizing microbes (MOB) and phytoplankton and feed the combination of MOB and phytoplankton to zooplankton. Thus, digested organic waste is turned to valuable product. Production of MOB biomass from natural gas is already done commercially, but in this study further step is taken to produce zooplankton for fish meal having high quality proteins and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC‐PUFA).