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FUture European League 4 Microalgal Energy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308983

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 369 514,10

  • EU contribution

    € 4 014 981,50

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

Objective

Microalgae are very attractive for the purpose of producing energy-rich molecules as they are photosynthetic organisms that can live in various aqueous environments, such as saline water. This gives them a low water footprint and moreover they do not have to compete with cultivated farmland. Although they are not superior to higher plants concerning photosynthetic efficiency, microalgae do have high growth rates and they provide much higher oil yields than higher plants such as palm, soybean or rapeseed, and do not produce lignocelluloses. Microalgae do not only use sunlight as energy source, but they are also very efficient in using fertilizers and waste streams as nutrient source. They could be used to clean these streams by removal of nitrogen and phosphate and use flue gas as source for carbon dioxide.
The potential of microalgae is clear but the technology for producing biofuels from microalgae is still immature. In order to make microalgae as a source for biofuels competitive with fossil fuels, it is important to reduce operational costs and to achieve a positive energy balance (fossil energy input is higher than energy output). The overall aim of FUEL4ME is to establish a sustainable chain for continuous biofuel production using microalgae as a production platform, thereby making 2nd generation biofuels competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. This will be achieved by:
1) Transforming the current 2-step process for algal biomass production into a continuous 1-step process with high lipid content (production process);
2) Development of a continuous downstream process using all components of the algal biomass (conversion process);
3) Integration of production and conversion process.
After setting up and proof of concept within controlled indoor conditions, the continuous process will be tested outdoors under real production conditions in four different regions (NL, IL, IT ES). Simultaneous with research on biomass production, a continuous downstream process will be developed. Finally the whole process (both biomass production and conversion into biofuel) will be integrated and subjected to an economic analysis and life cycle analysis.
Partners in this project are: DLO-Food&Biobased Research, DLO-Plant Research International, Wageningen University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Fotosintetica & Microbiologica S.r.l. BioTopic, Norsker Investigaciones, Proviron, Evodos B.V., PDX, Cellulac, FeyeCon Carbon Dioxide Technologies BV, Neste Oil, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, IDConsortium S.L.

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 987 860,10

Administrative Contact

Lolke Sijtsma (Dr.)

Participants (13)

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 481 971

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 320 164

FOTOSINTETICA & MICROBIOLOGICA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 353 920

NIELS-HENRIK NORSKER

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 95 720,40

EVODOS B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 386 602

PURSUIT DYNAMICS PLC

United Kingdom

FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 306 920

NESTE OYJ

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 133 042

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 295 013

IDCONSORTIUM SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 976

CELLULAC LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 317 470

PROVIRON HOLDING NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 55 075

NORSKER INVESTIGACIONES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 130 248

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308983

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 369 514,10

  • EU contribution

    € 4 014 981,50

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

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