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Single Cell Oil Market Size By Grade (Fuel grade, Feed grade, Food grade), By Micro-Organisms (Bacteria, Yeast, Microalgae, Fungal) By Raw Material (Sugarcane Mill, Agro-Industrial Waste), By Application (Bio-Fuel Feedstock, Fish Oil Substitute, Functional Oils, Animal Feed, Infant Formulae, Pharmaceutical Products, Aquaculture), Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5435
  • Published Date: Feb 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Drivers

Single Cell Oil Market size valued at USD 60 million in 2022 and is poised to grow at over 17.5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The rising demand for biofuels across the globe will drive the industry growth.

Supported by the global decarbonization efforts, the use of biofuels has increases rapidly across the transportation sector. According to the IRA, biofuels represented approximately 3.6% of the global transport energy demand, primarily for road transport in 2021. Under the Net Zero Scenario, contribution of biofuels to transport is likely to quadruple to 15% by 2030, amounting to almost one-fifth of the total fuel demand for road transport alone.

Single Cell Oil Market

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However, experts opine that biofuel production needs to increase significantly for the world to stay on track with the 2050 Net Zero Emissions Scenario. As such, many world governments are rolling out supportive policies that favor higher production and better blends. Back in August 2021, the USDA invested over USD 26 million to expand the country’s biofuel infrastructure and strengthen the availability of higher-blend renewable fuels in over 23 states.

High manufacturing costs may hamper the single cell oil market outlook

The high costs linked to the fermentative process of single cell oil adds to the production expenses, making product use a high-investment venture for entities transitioning to clean energy systems. The production of single cell oils (SCOs) is not economically competitive owing to the low productivity of several oleaginous microorganisms, making the process more expansive. In addition, solid-state fermentation process for single cell oil production also poses challenges such as difficulties in scaling up, controlling process parameters, and high costs for product recovery, which further limit growth prospects.

Higher inhibitory by-product tolerance to drive food grade segment share

Single Cell Oil Market Size By Grade

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Based on grade, the single cell oil market valuation from the food segment is anticipated to surpass USD 380 million by 2032, owing to their higher tolerance to inhibitory by-products. The demand for food grade single cell oil is also increasing due to their growing use as a source of protein/amino acid, polyunsaturated fatty acid, omega-3 and omega-6, and bioactive molecules in dietary supplements as an enriched nutrient source for humans. The composition of food grade oil is similar to animal fats and vegetable oils and is preferred over plant and animal-derived oils as their production can easily be scaled.

Increasing adoption of SCOs as feed in aquaculture feed to spur application segment growth


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The industry size of single cell oil held a valuation of over USD 60 million in 2022 and is anticipated to witness over 17.5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032, on account of surging demand for biofuels globally.

The food grade segment is poised to reach USD 380 million by 2032, fueled by its higher tolerance to inhibitory by-products.

The market size for single cell oil in Europe is slated to surpass USD 300 million by 2032, due to the growing automobile, animal feed, and pharmaceutical industries in the region.

The major leaders partaking in the market share include names such as Bioriginal Food & Science Corp, Novosana, Royal DSM NV, The Lubrizol Corporation, and Qingdao Seawit Life Science Co., Ltd.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 13
  • Tables & Figures: 645
  • Countries covered: 22
  • Pages: 390

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