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Gilbert company grows algae with hope of profiting from its many uses

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There’s money to be made on algae, and a Gilbert company is on a mission to prove it.

Inside a greenhouse operated by Heliae Development, paddle wheels tranquilly push along green-tinted water in a large, oval raceway, gently churning the water and ushering it through a continuous loop used to grow algae.

Once the fast-growing microscopic plants reach a higher concentration in the water, they are piped to the next in a series of greenhouses. In the final pool, the algae is collected to be shipped to buyers who will add it to nutritional supplements, beauty products and fertilizers.

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