EnAlgae: an INTERREG IVB North West Strategic Initiative
EnAlgae was a Strategic Initiative of the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme, with activities taking place between late 2011 to December 2015. It brought together 19 partners and 14 observers across 7 EU Member States with the aim of developing sustainable technologies for algal biomass production and quantifying the scope for commercial algae production for energy and other products in North West Europe.
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EnAlgae reports and other outputs
The reports of the EnAlgae project can be found and downloaded from here.
EnAlgae Final Report Card
Our final report card summarising activity across the project can be downloaded as a PDF here.
Panning for Green Gold: Developing the algal bioeconomy
Our documentary is finished and ready for you to view and enjoy.
It charts the work which has been undertaken by EnAlgae over the life of the project, places it in the context of what else is happening across the world and offers a glimpse of where the technologies developed by EnAlgae could develop further in the future.
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Dr Peter Schiener
What’s your role within the EnAlgae project?
I will be looking at identifying products from different kelp species to maximise the commercial value of these cultivated seaweeds. This also involves looking at the biogas potential of any left over seaweed residue after extraction.
What were you doing before you joined the project?
I have a strong fermentation background and learned the tricks of the trade in the pharmaceutical industry, where I have optimised bacterial and cell culture based fermentation system and transferred them to industrial scale. I studied Chemical Engineering with a focus on anaerobic digestion during the final year of my degree course. This was followed by working for a Biotech start-up company commercialising a new type of anaerobic digester for treating industrial wastes. More recently I did my PhD in Marine Sciences at SAMS in Scotland, where I was also involved in the BioMara project, characterising the chemical profiles of different kelp species and assessing the bioethanol potential of those seaweeds.
Why are you interested in EnAlgae?
The EnAlgae project enables me to directly apply my skills to chemically characterise seaweed biomass and develop an anaerobic process for the generation of biogas. In addition, this project also allows me to learn more about seaweed cultivation, an area I believe has a substantial growth potential.
What are you working on at the moment?
As I have just started my position literally yesterday the focus will be on identifying potential valuable products from seaweed biomass, develop suitable extraction methods and establish an anaerobic process at the Marine Lab at Portaferry.
Tell us something else about yourself!
Like Karen Mooney I also enjoy cooking. I use coastal forages to look for new things and am trying to involve seaweed more in my diet. I have started making cheese last year and want to follow up on it - involving seaweed. I make use of my fermentation background and brew beer whenever possible.
Away from the kitchen you will most likely meet me on my bicycle, exploring the countryside!