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

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.

Coordinator

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT 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)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 525 751,20

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

UNIVERZITA PALACKEHO V OLOMOUCI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 116 211,24

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

TURUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 269 145,36

PSI (PHOTON SYSTEMS INSTRUMENTS), SPOL. SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 232 422,48

PHYCOSOURCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

UMEA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 127 687,14

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 675006

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 866 945,22

  • EU contribution

    € 3 866 945,22

Coordinated by:

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany