Blue Marble Energy
|Key people||Colby Underwood
Co-CEO, & CBO
Co-CEO, & CSO
Blue Marble Energy, founded in 2007, is a U.S. based company which utilizes hybridized bacterial consortia to produce specialty biochemicals and renewable biogas. Their company mission is to displace oil with fully renewable, carbon neutral alternatives. They develop and generate these biochemicals from diverse cellulosic biomass.
On August 25, 2011, Blue Marble Energy held their grand opening for their new Small Commercial Biorefinery located in Missoula, Montana. Missoula was chosen in part due to its rail transportation corridor, readily available green-collar workforce, and proximity to the University of Montana.. Blue Marble opened their Large Commercial Biorefinery (also in Missoula, MT) in September 2013.
Blue Marble’s patented conversion system, Acid, Gas, and Ammonia Targeted Extraction (AGATE) uses non-genetically modified bacteria. It can process a wide variety of organic biomass feedstocks. A single fermentation contains multiple strains of bacteria which specialise in the breakdown of different feedstocks. The resulting consortia of different bacteria "perform well in high nitrogen environments and can withstand shocks to the system (such as changes in pH, temperature, and feedstock). This allows AGATE to process nearly any organic biomass: food waste, yard waste, spent brewery grain, algae, milfoil, corn silage, etc. AGATE can handle both fresh and wet feedstock, and can be adjusted to meet changing economic opportunities and market needs.". Through anaerobic digestion and fermentation, the AGATE platform manipulates microbial environments to produce esters, amides, anhydrous ammonia, and rich biogas.
In the media
- Blue Marble Energy was recognized, out of a survey of 1400 companies, as one of the 100 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2009 by Biofuels Digest.
- Blue Marble Energy was nominated in 2009 for an award at the World Technology Network Summit in the category of Energy.
In December 2009, Blue Marble Energy launched one of the world’s first carbon-neutral fragrance lines, EOS. Named for the Greek goddess of the dawn, the EOS fragrance line contains only biochemical and organic materials. EOS was created in collaboration with local Seattle couture perfumery Sweet Anthem.
- Algae Harvesting
In the past, Blue Marble Energy participated in aquatic remediation efforts for the Puget Sound and other waterways around Seattle in an effort to repair damaged ocean ecology damaged by harmful algae blooms and invasive species. This water cleanup may be extended to sewage treatment plants and mine sites in the future.