Turning fish waste into profit

COO/Sales Erlend Haugsbø and Sales & Project Manager Stig Amdam.

COO/Sales Erlend Haugsbø and Sales & Project Manager Stig Amdam.

By using Hyperthermics new technology, the aquaculture industry can make profit of fish sludge and uneaten fish food – while getting rid of their waste in a sustainable way.

A revolutionary new method by Hyperthermics, effectively transforms fish waste into a powder containing a high level of protein. The powder can be sold as a feed ingredient. The process also creates environmentally friendly biogas which will be used to operate the production.

Our lab-engineers in Germany are constantly exploring the possibilities of producing biogas from various types of waste. Fish sludge consists of fish feces and feed leftovers, and is considered a waste that represent a cost to the ones who have to dispose of this.


Sustainable and world leading

– Our method cuts waste costs in the land-based aquaculture industry. At the same time it opens up a whole new source of income for the entire aquaculture industry, says COO Erlend Haugsbø, who explains their latest accomplishment. He believes it’s only a question of time before the sea-based aquaculture facilities are obligated to harvest and handle the fish sludge from their fish cages in closed containment systems. The Hyperthermics technology is a good incentive for the industry to embrace and introduce green and sustainable solutions such as this.

In fact, Hyperthermics is probably the first provider worldwide to make protein mass and biogas of fish sludge, both in under 24 hours.

– We are also looking into the possibility of using the same method on similar waste types, says Haugsbø.

This «protein factory» transforms fish sludge from fish farms into a high quality protein powder and sustainable biogas, using living hypertermophilic organisms – in under 24 hours. The biogas can be used to power the factory.

This «protein factory» transforms fish sludge from fish farms into a high quality protein powder and sustainable biogas, using living hypertermophilic organisms – in under 24 hours. The biogas can be used to power the factory.

Sustainable recycling

The company has a unique technology, in which living organisms are used to create renewable energy, mainly in the form of environmentally friendly biogas.

– Our bacteria have already been doing environmental work on our planet for billions of years. Now that we have trained them to perform their green magic in our reactors – they do the world’s fastest decomposition of biomass. And it’s even greener than before, as they reduce climate gas emissions by producing biohydrogen or biomethane inside the reactors, says Haugsbø. 

No resting in testing

From the lab in Germany

From the lab in Germany

By using living organisms much older than the human species itself, we have developed a pioneering fermentation technology, transforming biomass into renewable energy. Our laboratory in Regensburg plays the leading role in this groundbreaking work.


Our lab engineers are constantly searching for the “perfect formula” – the best conditions and the best bacteria to produce renewable energy as efficiently as possible. 

Their work gives our potential clients the opportunity to test different biomasses on distinct types of hyperthermofilic bacterias. By doing this, we uncover the full potential and what they gain by using our technology – before making any heavy investments. 


Our lab in Regensburg

Our lab originated within and later sprang out of the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Regensburg. This Institute is well known in science for the work and the discoveries of Prof. Karl-Otto Stetter (more than 330 publications) and his group on hyperthermophilic bacteria and archaea.

At our lab we have been screening different microorganisms for their ability to grow on various substrates, such as food waste, straw, whey, manure, fish waste etc.


Living organisms

Hyperthermics need its lab and the lab engineers needs the microorganisms to transform waste into green energy. Our “secret” ingredient is the ancient organisms, extracted from places deep within the earth or hydrothermal vents on the seafloor or volcanic environment. Since they are living organisms, they must be treated accordingly. This isn’t machines.


Finding the perfect combination

Because these organisms operate differently and react differently regarding to temperature, temperature fluctuations and type of biomass – we have to figure out what they prefer to eat and who they want to dine with. That’s why we are constantly testing. That’s why our lab plays a leading role in our groundbreaking work.

Hyperthermics at the Nordic Biogas Conference

Photo: Avfall Norge

Photo: Avfall Norge

As one of the main sponsors, Hyperthermic will be attending the 7th Nordic Biogas conference in Oslo 8 – 11th of April.  

This year, Hyperthermics is one of the gold sponsors of the conference, as well as one of the main speakers.

– We will also be hosting a guided tour at the first full scale Hyperthermics facility, the biogas facility Lindum AS outside Drammen. This is our main test facility with a capacity of 10.000 tonnes per year, says Erlend Haugsbø, Head of Sales and Marketing at Hyperthermics.

The Nordic countries are known to be global frontrunners in the biogas arena with an advanced use of biogas and biofertilizer. The Nordic Biogas Conference will show-case both the today’s and tomorrow’s solutions - “the next wave” in biogas. 

Nordic Biogas Conference 2019 (NBC) is part of a full week of Bio-waste events in Oslo, Europe's Green Capital City. The main topic of the conference is the NEXT WAVE in Biogas.

Food waste processing, new resources for biogas production, how to turn digestate from cost to profit and new trends and technologies in Biogas utilization are some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference.

Three reasons for choosing biogas


To reach the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals, a growing number of people have started to use alternative sources for energy and fuel – one of them being biogas.

Naturally produced by fermenting organic waste, it is a renewable resource with much potential. You may have heard about cars or buses that depend only on liquefied natural gas, but did you know that biogas is more environmentally friendly than natural gas? Biogas is, in fact, one of the most attractive alternative sources of renewable energy.

We believe that biogas will be increasingly important in the future. Why? Here are three reasons for choosing biogas:

  1. It’s a smart resource
    When we use organic waste to produce biogas, we take advantage of resources that would otherwise be lost. For instance, instead of throwing out our food waste, we can utilize these leftovers by fermenting them and produce energy in the form of biogas.

    But it doesn't stop there, because it is not only our food waste that can be turned into green energy. Wastewater, sewage and animal manure are other organic matters that can be used to produce biogas.

  2. It’s environmentally friendly
    The EU has classified biogas as one of the non-fossil renewable energy sources that not only produces energy, but also helps improve the state of air pollution, the so-called greenhouse effect. This means that when biogas is produced the right way, it can actually help reduce the level of CO2 in the air!

    In addition, nutrients are recycled as fertilizer. This means that when producing biogas, both the main product (biogas) and the by-product (the nutrients) are highly useful and good for the environment.

  3. It’s cost effective
    When producing biogas, we use different kinds of waste that would otherwise be thrown away without being utilized. They are by-products of our daily lives, which means they are relatively easy to access – they are already a part of most countries’ utility-systems, like sewage and waste. So once a system for delivery to a biogas plant is in place, it is a smooth operation to turn our waste into green energy.

    This waste would have to be disposed of somehow, and by utilizing it in the production of biogas and recycling the nutrients, we help save our environment in the process. Biogas is a cost effective resource, especially when you include the Hyperthermics plant, which speed up the process and make it even more effective.

So, by taking advantage of organic waste and fermenting it, we can create renewable energy that will help reduce the CO2 level in the air. Biogas is a clean source of energy and fuel, with no net emission levels and environmentally friendly nutrients as by-product.

That’s why we call it: The green shift revolution.

Hyperthermics at ONS 2018

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As one of Norway’s most promising companies focusing on green energy, Hyperthermics will be attending the ONS conference in Stavanger from August 27 to August 30.

The ONS conference is known as one of the world´s most important oil, gas and energy fora, giving the delegates a peek into the future of the energy world.

As the first company in the world, Hyperthermics are producing renewable bioenergy from organic waste, by using ancient organisms capable of enduring extreme temperatures.

Innovation Norway recently selected Hyperthermics as one of the eleven most promising Norwegian companies focusing on green energy. As a result, Hyperthermics will be introduced to international industry representatives, as a part of “Next Energy by Innovation Norway” at the ONS conference in Stavanger from August 27 to August 30. The ONS Conference is a global energy meeting place, connecting international suppliers, operating companies and decision makers.

- By using methods already found in nature, our cutting-edge technology increases the production of clean and renewable energy. Naturally, we are very pleased to present our green solution to a range of international industry representatives. This gives us a unique possibility to meet up with potential partners and customers from all over the world, says Erlend Haugsbø, Head of Sales and Marketing at Hyperthermics.

You are welcome to attend our presentation on August 27 at 5pm, or come see us at our stand 9445 - and we´ll tell you more about our innovative green technology.

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Oil reservoir bacteria creates renewable energy


Microorganisms that helped transform dinosaurs and plants into oil millions of years ago have recently changed their menu. Now, Hyperthermics is serving them organic waste, which they transform into green energy, instead of oil.

Green license: In a new agreement, Equinor, the Norwegian energy company formerly known as Statoil, grant Hyperthermics access to their collection of ancient microorganisms collected from oil wells and oil related fields. These living organisms were a vital part in the creation of oil several million years ago. Now, they will be used in a new cutting-edge technology, where organic waste is transformed into green energy.

For years Equinor has collected countless strains of microorganisms from their oil reservoirs around the world. This unique collection has been a vital part of a large research project, where the goal is to increase the oil production rate. Now, Hyperthermics has been licensed to use the various strains to transform waste into sustainable biogas.


Searching for the most promising combination of bacteria 

- The agreement with Equinor gives us access to a large collection of different strains, which makes it easier for us to find the optimal combination of organisms to use when transforming biomass into clean, renewable energy, says Harald Nordal, CEO at Hyperthermics.


Faster and more efficient

Hyperthermics, from Ulsteinvik in Norway, is the first company in the world to use ancient organisms capable of enduring extreme temperatures in the production of bioenergy. Hyperthermics’ plant operates at 80 degrees Celsius, which speeds up the transformation process. Where traditional transformation of biomass usually takes days, this revolutionizing technology only needs hours.

- Microorganisms, especially those living on the seafloor or in oil reservoirs, are rarely studied. It is estimated that there are just as many organisms in one hydrothermal vent on the seafloor, as there is in the rainforest! This means we can discover a lot of interesting things when researching these microbes, and the fact that Equinor gives us permission to use their collection, is a vital contribution to the production of clean energy, says Nordal. The access to Equinor’s collection can also help significantly reduce the cost of converting biomass into renewable energy.


Using oil technology to create renewable energy

- We are enthusiastic about the use of our technology within the area of renewable bioenergy through Hyperthermics, says Henriette Undrum of Equinor. They represent an entirely new application and the agreement is a good example of how technology developed within the oil industry may find use within new areas. Equinor wishes the oil reservoir bacteria all the best in the future.

Hans Kristian Kotlar, former senior advisor in Equinor, is a member of the scientific advisory board of Hyperthermics. He was, prior to his retirement, responsible for the Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) technology within Equinor.

During my time in Equinor, we collected interesting strains from around the world, including oil reservoirs. We took them back to the laboratories for characterization, in order to identify the most promising ones. Through this agreement Hyperthermics will be able to apply this knowledge and the strains to convert biomass into energy and associated products.


Innovation Norway selected Hyperthermics as one of the eleven most promising Norwegian companies focusing on green energy, and will introduce them to international industry representatives, as a part of “Next Energy by Innovation Norway” at the ONS fair in Stavanger from August 27 to August 30.