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THE MICRO ALGAE BIOREFINERY

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.
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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)

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NATECO2 GMBH & CO KG

Germany

A4F ALGAFUEL SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 1 024 580,50

Dynamic Extractions

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 556 176

EVODOS B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 363 910,92

HAFREN INVESTMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 207 145,63

INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 465 550,20

IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 418 963

IN SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 369 834

MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 333 344,40

HOPFENVEREDLUNG ST JOHANN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 354 899,40

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 420 260,40

NATURE BETA TECHNOLOGIES N.B.T. LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 845 976,60

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 745 219,75

MONZON BIOTECH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 177 533,11

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613870

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 074 870,03

  • EU contribution

    € 7 177 440

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

United Kingdom