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Towards a better sunlight to biomass conversion efficiency in microalgae

Objectif

SUNBIOPATH - towards a better sunlight to biomass conversion efficiency in microalgae - is an integrated program of research aimed at improving biomass yields and valorisation of biomass for two Chlorophycean photosynthetic microalgae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Dunaliella salina. Biomass yields will be improved at the level of primary processes that occur in the chloroplasts (photochemistry and sunlight capture by the light harvesting complexes) and in the cell (biochemical pathways and signalling mechanisms that influence ATP synthesis). Optimal growth of the engineered microalgae will be determined in photobioreactors, and biomass yields will be tested using a scale up approach in photobioreactors of different sizes (up to 250 L), some of which being designed and built during SUNBIOPATH. Biomethane production will be evaluated. Compared to other biofuels, biomethane is attractive because the yield of biomass to fuel conversion is higher. Valorisation of biomass will also be achieved through the production of biologicals. Significant progress has been made in the development of chloroplast genetic engineering in microalgae such as Chlamydomonas, however the commercial exploitation of this technology still requires additional research. SUNBIOPATH will address the problem of maximising transgenic expression in the chloroplast and will develop a robust system for chloroplast metabolic engineering by developing methodologies such as inducible expression and trans-operon expression. A techno economic analysis will be made to evaluate the feasibility of using these algae for the purposes proposed (biologicals production in the chloroplast and/or biomethane production) taking into account their role in CO2 mitigation.

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FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Adresse
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Belgique
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 670 280
Contact administratif
Claire Remacle (Prof.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 266 400
Adresse
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Sebastian Kraus (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Contribution de l’UE
€ 265 800
Adresse
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Type d’activité
Other
Contact administratif
Ludovic Hamon (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 259 980
Adresse
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Maddalena Manzini (Dr.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 259 200
Adresse
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Michael Hippler (Prof.)
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israël
Contribution de l’UE
€ 254 694
Adresse
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Uri Pick (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Suisse
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€ 263 691
Adresse
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont (Prof.)
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
Contribution de l’UE
€ 270 314
Adresse
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Greta Borg-Carbott (Ms.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 260 000
Adresse
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Clemens Posten (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Pays-Bas
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€ 227 823
Adresse
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Jos Teunissen