Sea & Sun Technology GmbH, Germany (SST)
Sea & Sun Organic is a 100% subsidiary of Sea & Sun Technology GmbH (SST). Since 1998 SST has been an international system provider for marine, energy and environmental technology with highly qualified employees. The worldwide sales network ensures the international availability of the products and services. In 2019 Sea & Sun Technology was recognized as one of the 100 most innovative companies in Germany. In the same year, SST started a joint venture with the Chinese state-owned concern TIG.
Building on the core competencies in the areas of aquatic measurement and energy technology and inspired by the growing need for sustainable future technologies, Sea & Sun Organic is a new, ‘green branch’ of Sea & Sun Technology GmbH. Green stands for the cultivation of microalgae, a rapidly growing market with great economic potential and a variety of possible uses. The business area includes the production of microalgae biomass, the development of innovative, microalgae-based products, and the research of sustainable and energy-efficient production systems.
Since then we have tested and developed various production systems and examined and cultivated numerous microalgae strains. These include, for example, Phaeodactylum, Arthrospira (Spirulina), Porphyridium, Haematococcus and Nannochloropsis. Since then we have been researching the optimization of our production process, our algae cultivation systems and technologies for processing organisms.
Our focus is on the production of natural astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis. Our Open Raceway Ponds are used for the production of Spirulina biomass.
By using a centrifuge, ball mill and spray dryer, we can map the entire upstream and downstream process at our location so that the microalgae can be produced and processed directly on site. It is important to us that we can go through all production and processing steps in Germany and that a complete value chain with the label ‘Made in Germany‘ can be created.
Together with partners from research, science, and business, we work on projects and use our international connections to continuously improve our production.
Hamburg University of Technology
Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics
Tubular photobioreactor systems in a greenhouse, Photo: Sea & Sun Technology