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Seaweed farming is a solution for the future in the biomass and bioenergy fields but is seldom exploited in North-West Europe. Two Irish students involved in EnAlgae are now ready to launch their own businesses.

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EnAlgae brings together 19 partners and 14 observers from seven European countries. Their goal is to reduce CO2 emissions and fossil fuels dependence in the region. The project is built around micro and macro-algae, a rarely exploited resource in this part of the world. Academic, business and research centers are working altogether in the growing, harvesting and processing of algae, to turn it into biomass and bio fuels.

In North-West Europe, the climate is propitious for the growth of algae. Algae's carbon footprint is neutral because the photosynthesis process transforms the CO2. Algae is hardly produced in the region but it could prove to be of very interesting economic value. What we need now is to identify the most appropriate growing and transformation practices.

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Partners

Organisations
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in Enalgae

1 - Swansea University (United Kingdom)

leading partner in the project, the Swansea University is mainly working on microalgae, for growing and processing.

2 - Plymouth Marine Laboratory (United Kingdom)

In Plymouth, students and researchers are dedicated to the cultivation and maintenance of micro-algae. The laboratory provides figures and statistics to its partners.

3 - InCrops Enterprise Hub United Kingdom)

The company is working with the water industry to find out how to use the wastewaters to exploit it to grow algae.

4 - National Non-Food Crops Centre (United Kingdom)

Studying the renewable fuels, the National Non-Food Crops Centre provides strategic advice about algae's applications, after it's been extracted from the biomass.

5 - Birmingham City University (United Kingdom)

The Centre for Research on low carbon provides expert analysis on bioenergy.

6 - Ceva (France)

The study and development of algae center is a private research organization that studies the algae extensive growing.

7 - University College Dublin, Ireland

Dublin City University's is involved in the transformation and storage of biomass.

8 - National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)

In Galway, researchers are investigating the best large-scale culture methods of red macro-algae.

9 - Queen's University Belfast (United Kingdom)

The University of Belfast is studying the potential uses of algae algae in densely human inhabited areas

10 - The Scottish Association for Marine Science (United Kingdom)

The Scottish Association focuses on best practices in the cultivation of algae.

11 - Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)

The German agency is an expert on renewable resources and the emergence of new environmental markets

12 - Karlsruher Institut fr Technologie (Germany)

KIT focuses on theoretical and practical systems analysis and sustainability. It evaluates the most suitable production processes for growing algae.

13 - Hochschule fr Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes (Germany)

The University is working on algae aquaculture.

14 - European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA) (Belgium)

The Belgian association's primary goal is to establish an European information network on algae.

15 - Hogeschool west-vlaanderen (Howest) (Belgium)

In Belgium, the university is working on nutrients and biomass statistical analysis.

16 - Universiteit Gent (Belgium)

In Ghent, students and researchers are trying to identify economically and environmentally viable algal technologies.

17 - Provincial Development Agency, West Flanders (Belgium)

PDM focuses on economic development of the algae business field.

18 - Laborelec Ltd, GDF-Suez (Belgium)

Laborelec identifies the industry needs in the commercial exploitation of algae.

19 - Wageningen UR / ACRRES (Netherlands)

The center is an experimental platform for algae farming, with an interest in its economic dimension.

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