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Multi-product Integrated bioRefinery of Algae: from Carbon dioxide and Light Energy to high-value Specialties

Objective

Microalgae are a promising feedstock for sustainable supply of commodities and specialties for food and non-food products. Despite this potential the implementation is still limited which is mainly due to unfavourable economics. Major bottlenecks are the lack of available biomass at acceptable costs and the absence of appropriate biorefinery technologies. The 4-year MIRACLES project aims to resolve these hurdles by development of integrated, multiple-product biorefinery for valuable specialties from algae for application in food, aquafeeds and non-food products. The focus is on development and integration of mild cell disruption and environmentally friendly extraction and fractionation processes including functionality testing and product formulation based on established industrial strains. The project will also develop new technologies for optimization and monitoring of valuable products in the algal biomass during cultivation and innovative photobioreactor and harvesting technology that will enable substantial cost reduction. A new technology will be developed for CO2 concentration from the air for algal growth and new industrial algae strains for extreme locations will be selected via bioprospecting to expand the resource base for the algae industry and enable cultivation in areas less suitable for agriculture such as deserts. The work is supported by market assessment, integral biorefinery designs, techno-economic and sustainability assessment, and the creation of business plans for full valorisation of algal biomass. Integrated value chains will be demonstrated to deliver proof-of-concept and demonstrate economic feasibility. MIRACLES is an industry driven R&D and innovation project with a multidisciplinary approach aimed at generating robust business cases through technology development. The consortium has 26 partners with 11 prominent research organisations. Strong industrial leadership is guaranteed through the participation of 12 SMEs and 3 NMI/end users.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/phycology

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 324 381,60
Administrative Contact
Hans Reith (Dr.)

Participants (26)

FUNDACION CANARIA PARQUE CIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 482 134
Address
Calle Juan De Quesada 30
35001 Las Palmas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gabriel Megías Martínez (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 573 845
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ferdinand Damhuis (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 484 920
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liv-Grethe Gudmundsen (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE HUELVA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 429 884
Address
Calle Dr Cantero Cuadrado 6
21071 Huelva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cobacho Daza Encarnación (Ms.)
Universidad de Antofagasta
Chile
EU contribution
€ 322 029
Address
Avenida Angamos 601
5655 Antofagasta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carlos Riquelme (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 764 376
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stephan Pesiwarissa (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 335 942
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María ángeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 403 493
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bert Lemmens (Mr.)
EWOS INNOVATION AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Dirdal
4335 Dirdal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Vidar Jakobsen (Mr.)
DYADIC NEDERLAND BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 173 734,80
Address
Nieuwe Kanaal 7 S
6709 PA Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Wery (Dr.)
FITOPLANCTON MARINO, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 653 530
Address
Darsena Comercial S/n (Muelle Pesquero)
11500 El Puerto De Santa Maria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Unamunzaga (Mr.)
SPAROS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 409 698
Address
Area Empresarial De Marim Lote C
8700 221 Olhao
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luis Conceição (Dr.)
RODENBURG PRODUCTIE BV
Netherlands
Address
Denariusstraat 19
4903 RC Oosterhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeroen Van Soest (Dr.)
IMENZ BIOENGINEERING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 171,20
Address
L J Zielstraweg 1
9713 GX Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harry Laan (Dr.)
CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 258 270
Address
15 Km National Road Thessaloniki-polygyros
570 01 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eleftheria Athanasiadou (Mrs.)
VALUE FOR TECHNOLOGY BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 123 400
Address
Acaciastraat 14
3071 Erps-kwerps
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Willems (Mr.)
NATAC BIOTECH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 259 880
Address
Calle Faraday 7
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Carlos Quintela (Dr.)
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 281 554,40
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Janpeter Beckmann (Mr.)
IDCONSORTIUM SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 220 336
Address
Calle Betis 30
41010 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Macarena Sanz (Mrs.)
ECO TREASURES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 117 600
Address
Durmelaan 15
9160 Lokeren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kris Schatteman (Mr.)
STICHTING CROPEYE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 124 650
Address
De Geren 4
6659 CX Wamel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daan Kuiper (Dr.)
UNILEVER INNOVATION CENTRE WAGENINGEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 46 807
Address
Bronland 14
6708 WH Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charlotte Smeele (Ms.)
DSM FOOD SPECIALTIES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 52 500
Address
Alexander Fleminglaan 1
2613 AX Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Tavares (Mrs.)
THOMAS MORE KEMPEN VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 248 108
Address
Kleinhoefstraat 4
2440 Geel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joan De Boeck (Dr.)
UNI RESEARCH AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 316 383
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5008 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arne Svindland (Mr.)
RB BIOBASED INSTITUTE B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 235 276
Address
Denariusstraat 19
4903 RC Oosterhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Huub Van Den Akker