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FUture European League 4 Microalgal Energy

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.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-1-2STAGE
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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
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tom Bessems (Mr.)
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
EU contribution
€ 320 164
Address
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84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daphan Tripto (Ms.)
FOTOSINTETICA & MICROBIOLOGICA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 353 920
Address
Via Di Santo Spirito 14
50125 Firenze Fi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liliana Rodolfi (Dr.)
NIELS-HENRIK NORSKER

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 95 720,40
Address
Kildegardsvej 75
2900 Hellerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels-Henrik Norsker (Mr.)
EVODOS B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 386 602
Address
Weegbree 21
4941 VT Raamsdondsveer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fons Jacobs (Mr.)
PURSUIT DYNAMICS PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Kingfisher Way Shackleton House
PE29 6HB Huntington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcus Fenton (Dr.)
FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 306 920
Address
Rijnkade 17 A
1382 GS Weesp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raquel Ernemann (Ms.)
NESTE OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 133 042
Address
Keilaranta 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pauliina Uronen (Dr.)
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 295 013
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ivan Belamaric (Mr.)
IDCONSORTIUM SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 976
Address
Calle Betis 30
41010 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Macarena Sanz (Ms.)
CELLULAC LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 317 470
Address
Second Floor, Unit 14, Galway Technology Park, Parkmore
- Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Camillus Glover (Mr.)
PROVIRON HOLDING NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 55 075
Address
Georges Gilliotstraat 60
2620 Hemiksem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Filip Beyers (Mr.)
NORSKER INVESTIGACIONES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 248
Address
Calle San Isidoro 2, Apt 8
41004 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels-Henrik Norsker (Mr.)