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Reduction of microalgae harvesting costs via the development of an ultrasound flow cell to provide pre-concentration

Objective

The worldwide production of microalgae is currently around 5,000 tons per year of dry algal biomass, and is used for livestock feed, fish meal, and high value extracts for dietary supplements, functional foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Microalgae contain around 30% by weight of lipids/oil, and are regarded as a highly promising feedstock for biofuels, primarily biodiesel.

Microalgae are commercially grown in open ponds or bioreactors, and then harvested using a centrifuge separator. The centrifuge step is highly energy intensive, due to the properties of the microalgae and their low concentration in the growing medium (water), and represents a major obstacle to the economic viability of microalgae biodiesel production. The capital investment required for the centrifuge is also a barrier for widespread SME entry to the sector.

The ALGAEMAX project aims to address these issues via the development and demonstration of an innovative and cost effective ultrasound flow cell to concentrate the microalgae, with the aim of eliminating the centrifuge component.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 70 536,55
Administrative Contact
Anna Szathmary (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

SONIC SYSTEMS LTD SSL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 302 014,10
Address
Bakers Farm Barns Puckington
TA19 9AF Ilminster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denley Simon (Mr.)
HAKKI USTA MAK.SAN.TIC.LTD.STI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 240 511,58
Address
Astim Organize Sanayi Bölgesi
09100 Aydin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gözlüklü Hakki (Mr.)
ALGAELINK NV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Industrieweg 21
4401 LA Yerseke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Van Den Dorpel Peter (Mr.)
CAGLAR DOGAL URUNLER YENILENEBILIR ENERJI GUBRE GIDA VE TARIM ITHALAT IHRACAT SANAYI TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 237 791,90
Address
Altintas Mahallesi Ahmet Besim Uyal Caddesi No 4 A 18
35430 Urla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
çağlar Emre (Mr.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 23 372,87
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hodnett Mark (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
Salata GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 245 759,02
Address
An Der Salzbrucke
98617 Ritschenhausen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Grewe Claudia (Ms.)