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European Partnership to Unlock the Potential of Algal Bioenergy

Submitted by on September 7, 2011 – 7:35 amNo Comment

by Dr Matthew Aylott   (National Non-Food Crops Centre)  A major new €14 million (£12.3 million) initiative – bringing together experts from across North West Europe to develop the potential of algae as a source of sustainable energy – has been announced today (September 6, 2011).

A number of leading European organisations – including the NNFCC – are about to embark on a four and a half year project called Energetic Algae (EnAlgae), to address the current lack of information on macro- and microalgal productivity in North West Europe.

EnAlgae will establish a series of pilot scale seaweed farms and microalgae growth facilities in the region to provide the crucial information needed to assess the productivity of algae production.

This information will be used to better understand the economics and greenhouse gas balances of making fuel, energy and other products from algae in North West Europe. Another output will a computer-based tool to inform decision makers about how and where algae could be grown in the region.  READ MORE and MORE (EnAlgae)

The EnAlgae partnership draws on expertise across 6 EU Member States, involving the following partners:

  • Swansea University (UK) (Lead Partner)
  • European Biomass Industry Association (BE)
  • Ghent University (BE)
  • Laborelec Ltd (GDF-SUEZ) (BE)
  • Provincial Development Agency, West Flanders (BE)
  • University College – West Flanders (BE)
  • Agency for Renewable Sources (DE)
  • HTW University of Applied Sciences (DE)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE)
  • Centre d’Etude et de Valorisation des Algues (FR)
  • National University of Irelane, Dublin, University College Dublin (IE)
  • National University of Ireland, Galway (IE)
  • Wageningen UR (including Plant Research International) / ACRRES (NL)
  • Birmingham City University (UK)
  • InCrops Enterprise Hub (UK)
  • National Non-Food Crops Centre (UK)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)
  • Queens University Belfast (UK)
  • The Scottish Association for Marine Science (UK)


The project partnership is complemented by strong representation from the following registered Observers.

  • Indigo Rock Marine Research Station / NETALGAE (IE / ERDF)
  • Atlanpole (FR)
  • Norwegian Biomass Association (NO)
  • Tata Strip Products (UK)
  • Institut fur ZukunftsEnergieSysteme (DE)
  • Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (UK)
  • Algal Energy Ltd (UK)
  • Hessen RIC/ Climate-KIC (DE)
  • European Algal Biomass Association
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels  (CH)
  • Le Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (LU)
  • Bord Iascaigh Mhara (IE)   READ MORE

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