Algae biofuel pioneers HutanBio in expansion plans

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HutanBio has solidified its commitment to the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem with the announcement of expansion initiatives and the appointment of James Ibberson as Head of Engineering.
James Ibberson joins HutanBio with a wealth of experience as founder and director of Tebira Ltd. A technical consultancy specialising in electronic, software, and systems development for global clients.
James Ibberson said: "I am thrilled to be joining the exceptional team at HutanBio who have spent over a decade decoding the algal biofuel puzzle.”
The team has ambitious plans to decarbonise two of the toughest sectors; marine and aviation.
“These industries present unique technical hurdles due to their stringent performance, regulatory requirements and the need for high-energy-density fuels which is why the technology being developed by HutanBio is so exciting. It is quite simply pushing boundaries, blending advanced biological processes with innovative engineering.”
To support this key appointment, HutanBio has secured office space at the renowned St Johns Innovation Park as part of its strategic growth plans.
This move aligns with the company’s vision for substantial expansion within its engineering team, with recruitment efforts already underway.
With over 80 tenants and 500 employees, the innovation park provides an ideal environment for growing businesses, offering accessibility, flexibility, and collaboration opportunities.
Paul Beastall, CEO of HutanBio, added: “The expansion of our engineering team in Cambridge is a strategic move for HutanBio and underpins our long-served connections to the University and surrounding area. Cambridge offers a wealth of talent, particularly in the engineering and tech sectors, making it an ideal location for our growth plans. James's appointment marks a significant milestone in our journey towards realizing our ambitious goals.”
HutanBio was founded in 2019 following a decade of research and the discovery of a rare species of microalgae called HBx.
The algae produce a high energy density, low carbon, and sulphur-free bio-oil.

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