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Hybrid Algae Cultivation System Based on Conditioned Environment with Efficient Light Collection and Distribution System

Objective

"The strategic overall objective of the proposed project is to develop an optical light distribution system that will significantly increase the productivity of existing open pond algae cultivation plant designs while maintaining low capital and operating costs and consequently reducing the overall costs per unit mass of algae oil produced.
Light intensity is a key parameter affecting algae growth. Depending on the algae species and cultivation environment maximum production rates are achieved with the light intensities between 30 W/m2 and 100 W/m2 - which is around 1/10 of the light intensity of direct sunlight. Furthermore algae are very efficient in absorbing the light that hits them and with fairly dense algae concentrations all light is absorbed in the thin top layer of the algae pond in the order of only few centimetres. These factors make open pond algae cultivation systems inefficient in their conversion of sunlight into algae oil mass.
Photo bioreactors are closed systems with controlled light distribution and algae environment. Existing prototypes of photo bioreactors show significant increases in productivity, but are very complex and expensive to build. High capital and operating costs increase overall costs per unit mass of algae oil produced in photo bioreactors over open ponds, even with these significant increases in productivity.
In order to achieve the objectives we are presenting innovative concept of hybrid open pond – photo bioreactor technology that will exploit advantages of both algae cultivation technologies, low capital and operation costs of open ponds with the light distribution system of photo bioreactors for higher productivity, in a new hybrid algae cultivation technology.
Two technical approaches will be explored in the project:
• open pond with light distribution system and
• open pond / photo bioreactor hybrid system with light distribution and low cost closed algae environment system."

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

NOVAMINA CENTAR INOVATIVNIH TEHNOLOGIJA DOO
Address
Jackovinsli Klanec 17
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 23 274
Administrative Contact
Davor Linarić (Mr.)

Participants (7)

BIODIESEL CASTILLA LA MANCHA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 807
Address
Estacion Ffcc Santa Olalla S/n
45530 Santa Olalla Toledo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oscar Flores (Mr.)
EMERGO d.o.o.
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 277 155,53
Address
Ii Vranducka 4
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Odet Cvek (Ms.)
ALGAELINK NV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 352 588,22
Address
Industrieweg 21
4401 LA Yerseke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Den Dorpel (Dr.)
IXSCIENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 23 998
Address
Popes Grove 76
TW1 4JX Twickenham Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Jackson (Mr.)
MICROSHARP CORPORATION LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 184 676,25
Address
Shrivenham Hundred 52 Watchfield
SN6 8TY Swindon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Seymour (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 811
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
PETROL SLOVENSKA ENERGETSKA DRUZBA DD LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 14 698
Address
Dunajska Cesta 50
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alenka Ott šaponia (Ms.)