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Solar Energy to Biomass - Optimisation of light energy conversion in plants and microalgae

Objective

In the face of the increasing global consumption of fossil resources, photosynthetic organisms offer an attractive alternative that could meet our rising future needs as clean, renewable, sources of energy and for the production of fine chemicals. Key to the efficient exploitation of these organisms is to optimise the conversion of Solar Energy into Biomass (SE2B). The SE2B network deals with this optimisation in an interdisciplinary approach including molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology. Regulation processes at the level of the photosynthetic membranes, integrating molecular processes within individual proteins up to flexible re-arrangements of the membranes, will be analysed as a dynamic network of interacting regulations. SE2B will yield information about the similarities and differences between cyanobacteria, green algae, diatoms and higher plants, the organisms most commonly employed in biotechnological approaches exploiting photosynthetic organisms, as well as in agriculture.
The knowledge gained from understanding these phenomena will be directly transferred to increase the productivity of algal mass cultures for valuable products, and for the development of sophisticated analytic devices that are used to optimise this production. In future, the knowledge created can also be applicable to the design of synthetic cell factories with efficient light harvesting and energy conversion systems.
The SE2B network will train young researchers to work at the forefront of innovations that shape the bio-based economy. SE2B will develop a training program based on individual and network-wide training on key research and transferable skills, and will furthermore disseminate these results by open online courses prepared by the young researchers themselves.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Coordinator

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96

Participants (11)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 631 120,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZITA PALACKEHO V OLOMOUCI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 116 211,24
Address
Krizkovskeho 8
771 47 Olomouc
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 269 145,36
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PSI (PHOTON SYSTEMS INSTRUMENTS), SPOL. SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 204 854,59
Address
Drasov 470
664 24 Drasov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PHYCOSOURCE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 157 506,30
Address
25, Avenue Des Morillons
95140 Garges-les-gonesse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 127 687,14
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments