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Valuable Products from Algae Using New Magnetic Cultivation and Extraction Techniques

Objective

VALUEMAG project aims to provide groundbreaking solutions for microalgae production and harvesting as well as scaling up biomass transformation systems in order to provide new technologies for aquatic/marine biomass integrated bio-refineries. Production-cultivation and harvesting objectives are achieved by using magnetic nanotechnologies: superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPAN) are introduced into microalgae protoplasm in order to confer them magnetic properties. Magnetic microalgae (MAGMA) are immobilized onto a soft magnetic conical surface (SOMAC) and covered with a thin layer of continuously circulating water. A greenhouse hosts SOMAC system to exposure MAGMA to sunlight, minimize contamination and temperature-humidity uncertainties. Quantity of water is minimized and harvesting will be fast and inexpensive. These innovations permit optimum cultivation, enhance biomass productivity and dramatically lower costs of biomass production. Biomass is directly utilized by VALUEMAG multi-facilities bio-refinery for the production molecules for pharmaceutical, nutraceuticals, food additives and cosmetics. Using selected microalgae strains, natural products will be extracted by supercritical CO2 extraction, while a new selective magnetic separation method for precise selection of value-added products will be also developed. To reduce the amount of greenhouse gases realized in the environment and further lower costs of biomass, CO2 produced by transformation processes as well as water are recycled and used to enhance microalgae growth rate. All together VALUEMAG achievements will perfectly meet the demand of capturing the potential of aquatic biomass. The project outputs will bring to the market a broad variety of value-added products in sustainable way. Finally, competitiveness of the European industry will be improved since there are not pilot installations or state-of-the-art bio-refineries utilizing magnetic nanotechnology to cultivate microalgae.

Coordinator

ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Net EU contribution
€ 726 250,00
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA CAMPANIA LUIGI VANVITELLI
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 502 500,00
Address
Viale Abramo Lincoln 5
81100 Caserta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 813 750,00
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NOMASICO LTD
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 406 250,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
23 Kennedy Avenue Globe House 4Th Floor
1075 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THERACELL ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 306 250,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Enterprise House 113/115 George Lane
E18 1AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FYZIKALNY USTAV SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED
Slovakia
Net EU contribution
€ 417 000,00
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
845 11 Bratislava
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Slovensko Bratislavský kraj Bratislavský kraj
 
PNO INNOVATION
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 104 750,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Excelsiorlaan 51
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

PNO CONSULTANTS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 93 000,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
37 Rue Bergere
75009 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

PNO INNOVATIEADVIES BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 7 250,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Laan Van Zuid Hoorn 15
2289 DC Rijswijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
 
IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 625 750,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Carretera D Esplugues 39 41
08940 Cornella De Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EXERGY LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 180 000,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry
VERTECH GROUP
France
Net EU contribution
€ 306 250,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Alpes-Maritimes
ECODUNA AG

Participation ended

Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Szallasweg 2
2460 Bruck An Der Leitha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Niederösterreich Wiener Umland/Südteil
 
EPARELLA GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 300 000,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Eco-plus Park 1. Strasse 8
2460 Bruck An Der Leitha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Niederösterreich Wiener Umland/Südteil