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Valuable Products from Algae Using New Magnetic Cultivation and Extraction Techniques

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.
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Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Address

Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 703 750

Participants (12)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA CAMPANIA LUIGI VANVITELLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 502 500

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 763 750

NOMASICO LTD

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 406 250

THERACELL ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 306 250

FYZIKALNY USTAV SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 417 000

PNO INNOVATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 205 000

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 625 750

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 302 500

VERTECH GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 256 250

ECODUNA PRODUKTIONS-GMBH

Austria

ECODUNA AG

Austria

EPARELLA GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745695

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2017

  • End date

    31 March 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 789 000

  • EU contribution

    € 4 789 000

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece