Growing algae is relatively simple. As long as there are enough nutrients and sunlight, algae will grow rapidly. Since our technology allows us to harvest any algae, we can utilize the native colonies and natural blooms. Pictured is a dense bloom at our pilot facility in Reisterstown, MD.


Our portable, floating harvesters rely on solar power, autonomously navigate through the waters and collect algae, utilizing our novel technology.


The collected algal biomass is converted to crude oil by being subjected to high temperature and pressure, in a process called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL).


The oil produced is largely equivalent to petroleum and can be used as a drop in replacement at the refinery level. The fuels produced from this product are renewable and carbon neutral.
(Photo by Walter Siegmund / CC BY)

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Onur Unal is a seasoned entrepreneur with 10+ years of biotechnology industry experience. Mr. Unal is heading Manta's business and fundraising activities.

Dr. Ryan Powell LinkedIn

Dr. Ryan Powell is the inventor of the ferromagnetic bead based algae harvesting technology and the continuous flow hydrothermal liquefaction system.

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