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Marine Algae as Biomass for Biofuels

Objective

Currently most research into efficient algal-oil production is being carried out by the private sector, but if predictions from small scale production experiments are realised then using algae to produce biodiesel may be the only viable method by which to produce enough bio-fuel to replace current world petrol/diesel usage. Micro-algae in particular have much faster growth-rates than terrestrial crops. The yield of oil from algae is estimated to be from between 19,000 to 75,000 litres per acre, per year; this is 7 to 31 times greater than the next best crop, oil of palm. As terrestrial contributions are greatly limited by the finite area of land available under any culture method, it is essential that the potential of the marine environment as a source of biomass for bio-fuel production is realised. The group intends to facilitate a multi-disciplinary research programme through the recruitment of experienced researchers aimed at the acquisition of new knowledge and skills in the production of biofuels from native seaweed and cultured micro-algae. The project will identify the native seaweed and cultured micro-algal processes with the most potential for fuel production, the best time and technique to harvest seaweed and the culture methodologies for micro-algae along with an economic and environmental appraisal which will identify the size of the farm required and the feasibility of a commercial size operation. This will provide the physical (biomass product) and the intellectual (methodology for production and extraction) tools to enable the bio-fuel sector to base it’s business on the most suitable and profitable process.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP-2008
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Coordinator

BANTRY MARINE RESEARCH STATION LIMITED
Address
Gearhies
P75 AX07 Bantry
Ireland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 451 135
Administrative Contact
Julie Maguire (Dr.)

Participants (6)

Green Biofuels Ireland Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 405 615
Address
Marshmeadows
N/A New Ross, Co.wexford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Tierney (Mr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 111 064
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Daly (Mr.)
DUNDALK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 158 100
Address
Dublin Road
A91 Dundalk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Macartain (Dr.)
GAZIANTEP UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 149 414
Address
Universite Bulvari Sehitkamil
27310 Gaziantep
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Senol Ibanoglu (Prof.)
EGE UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 107 908
Address
Ege Universitesi Kampusu
35100 Izmir
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jale Yanik (Prof.)
DOLPHIN SEAWEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 47 605
Address
Kimberley Drive 7
BT7 3EE Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gus Heath (Mr.)