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THE MICRO ALGAE BIOREFINERY

Objective

The D-Factory aims to set a world benchmark for a sustainable biorefinery based on biomass from halophilic microalgae. Representing the largest (100s ha) of current commercial cultivation technologies for any microalga, Dunaliella microalgal biomass production uses raceways and lakes, and will be expanded with biorefinery concepts by drawing in European innovations in key biomass processing technologies: supercritical CO2; high performance counter-current chromatography; and the use of membranes, to produce carotenes and other bioactive compounds, emulsifiers and polymers. Combining this force with world-renowned expertise in the biochemistry of Dunaliella (Ben-Amotz) we will tailor the productivities of strains sourced by the Marine Biological Association for biorefinery requirements and add to the mix, experience in constructing and using the two most advanced systems for cultivating microalgae: a series of photobioreactors developed by A4F Portugal - currently scaled-up to the largest size in the world, 1.100 m3, and open raceways by NBT Israel - 10 ha in operation for + 30 years. Novel harvesting technology will be developed based on spiral plate technology and ultramembrane filtration. Within 36 months we will be ready to showcase a sustainable D-Factory demonstration in Europe. Designs, flowsheets and integrated schemes along with sustainability assessments (technological, environmental, economic and social) will produce benchmarks for a wide range of products and paths. These will be used in the D-Factory business case developed by Hafren Investments to raise investment for the first prototype D-Factory in Europe. The D-Factory demonstration is scheduled to be operational in 48 months. It will reach stakeholders across the globe via an Innovation Platform and will serve as a robust manifestation for the business case for global investment in algae biorefineries and in large-scale production of microalgae using photobioreactors, algal raceways and lakes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

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

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
Address
Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich
SE10 9LS London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 894 046,09
Administrative Contact
Alison Yakub (Ms.)

Participants (14)

NATECO2 GMBH & CO KG

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Freiligrathstrasse 7/9
90482 Nuremberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nadine Igl-Schmid (Mrs.)
A4F ALGAFUEL SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 1 024 580,50
Address
Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar Campus Do Lumiar Edificio E R/c
1649 038 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vítor Verdelho Vieira (Mr.)
Dynamic Extractions
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 556 176
Address
Plymouth Road - Slough Trading Estate 890
SL1 4LP Slough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Rooke (Dr.)
EVODOS B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 363 910,92
Address
Weegbree 21
4941 VT Raamsdondsveer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hoekstra Herre (Dr.)
HAFREN INVESTMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 207 145,63
Address
Priory Avenue 21 Chiswick
W4 1TZ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Goacher (Mr.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 465 550,20
Address
Avenida Da Republica Quinta Do Marques
2781-901 Oeiras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elsa Vieira (Dr.)
IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 418 963
Address
Wilckensstrasse 3
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guido Reinhardt (Dr.)
IN SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 369 834
Address
Via Carducci 9A
33100 Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Martinelli (Dr.)
MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 333 344,40
Address
Citadel Hill The Laboratory
PL1 2PB Plymouth
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Charlotte Davies (Dr.)
HOPFENVEREDLUNG ST JOHANN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 354 899,40
Address
Freiligrathstrase 7/9
90482 Nurnberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nadine Igl-Schmid (Mrs.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 420 260,40
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Mrs.)
NATURE BETA TECHNOLOGIES N.B.T. LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 845 976,60
Address
North Industrial Zone 8
88106 Eilat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ami Ben-Amotz (Prof.)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 745 219,75
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karin Persson (Dr.)
MONZON BIOTECH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 177 533,11
Address
Camino Del Vedao S/n
22310 Castejon Del Puente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Casanovas (Mr.)