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High algal recovery using a Salsnes Water to Algae Treatment (SWAT) filter technology

Objective

Microalgae has been researched and cultivated commercially for human and animal nutrition, for cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications, for biofuels and biomass production, for wastewater treatment and to some extent for greenhouse gas abatement. The production for the microalgal biomass market today alone generates a turnover of 1.25 billion US$ per year (0.94 billion €/yr) while the total algal world market is about 7-7.5 billion US$ per year (5.2-5.7 billion €/yr) and is growing, with European Union being home to 30% of this world’s algae market activity.

The most critical challenge faced by all algae growers is harvesting. Harvesting is expensive and energy intensive. A group of European SMEs (Salsnes, Asio and Inwatec) has decided to work together to capture a part of the global algae harvesting equipment market. The objective is to develop a universal algae harvesting technology by building on their experiences gained from removing particles from wastewater and by modifying wastewater treatment technologies to harvest algae. Salsnes Water to Algae Treatment (SWAT) technology will use a flocculator followed by a Salsnes Filter to harvest algae. Two RTDs (Aquateam and HERI) will carry out research and development to achieve the objective. Two test sites have been chosen (IGV in Germany and Aqualia in Spain) to test the SWAT technology.

The SWAT technology will result in 95% algae recovery, 40% lower costs than the best state of the art technologies (Centrifuge and Dissolved Air Flotation) and energy consumption < 0.08 kWh/m3 of algae. The consortium will explore the SWAT technology in the growing biofuel market (which has a projection of 1.6 billion US$ or 1.2 billion Euros by 2015) and then in other algae markets.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/phycology
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/wastewater treatment processes
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

SALSNES FILTER AS
Address
Verftsgt 11
7801 Namsos
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 657 359
Administrative Contact
Ivar Solvi (Mr.)

Participants (6)

ASIO TECH SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 218 827
Address
Ksirova 552/45
619 00 Brno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marek Holba (Mr.)
INWATEC SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 104 106
Address
Ulica Pastewna 25
02 954 Warsawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Mroz (Dr.)
Aquateam - Norwegian Water Technology Centre AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 31 489
Address
Hasleveien 10
0504 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjarne Paulsrud (Mr.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 28 132
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dean Hallam (Mr.)
FCC AQUALIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 200
Address
Calle Federico Salmon 13
28016 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Rogalla (Mr.)
IGV INSTITUT FUR GETREIDEVERARBEITUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 10 365
Address
Arthur Scheunert Allee 40-41
14558 Bergholz Rehbrucke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Otto Pulz (Dr.)