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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What’s your role within the EnAlgae project?
I am one of the three work package leaders in the EnAlgae project. My work package is looking at the economics of algae cultivation for energy applications, regulatory barriers and challenge and the environmental implication. The work package combines the expertise of researchers from
What were you doing before you joined the project?
I work for a ‘not for profit’ consultancy and information service called NNFCC. The work I do is very varied but in the main focusses on understanding how markets for bio-based chemicals and materials are developing, the industry drivers and challenges. In recent years I have undertaken projects for multinational brand owners, technology developers, research agencies, UK Government and the European Commission.
Why are you interested in EnAlgae?
Algae is an extremely interesting feedstock for bioeconomy development. To be successful the developing bioeconomy needs to be able to access sustainable raw materials in large quantities. As algae can be grown at sea or on marginal land it avoids the need to use valuable agricultural for its cultivation and therefore expands the global potential for raw material production. Energy is a high volume, low value; market which creates serious economic challenges for bioenergy development, the EnAlgae project is investigating the potential for algae to meet this challenge in the context of North West Europe. Having a better understanding of this potential will be useful for both European policy makers and technology developers.
What are you working on at the moment?
The EnAlgae project is one of several projects I’m currently working on. A major focus for me is the coordination of the UK Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) have committed up to £45M in 2014-15 for projects supporting the development and commercialisation of innovative Industrial Biotechnology processes arising from the UK research base. I am coordinating the dissemination of call information, advising applicants on call scope and assisting with project development.
Tell us something else about yourself!
My life is focussed on raising my three young children. In a previous life I was keen walker having completed the Inca Trail, the tour du Mont Blanc haute route and climbed Kilimanjaro.