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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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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
€ 726 250

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA CAMPANIA LUIGI VANVITELLI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 502 500
Address
Viale Abramo Lincoln 5
81100 Caserta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 813 750
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
NOMASICO LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 406 250
Address
23 Kennedy Avenue Globe House 4Th Floor
1075 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THERACELL ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 306 250
Address
Enterprise House 113/115 George Lane
E18 1AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FYZIKALNY USTAV SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 417 000
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
845 11 Bratislava
Activity type
Research Organisations
PNO INNOVATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 205 000
Address
Excelsiorlaan 51
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 625 750
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EXERGY LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 306 250
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECODUNA AG

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Szallasweg 2
2460 Bruck An Der Leitha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EPARELLA GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Eco-plus Park 1. Strasse 8
2460 Bruck An Der Leitha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)