EnAlgae pilot reactor launched in Roeselare, Belgium

Howest, University College West Flanders, has officially launched its mobile algal facility in Roeselare, Belgium. The facility, a pilot-scale reactor, has been built at the local aquaculture practice centre of Inagro and is one of nine algal biotechnology pilot sites funded by the EnAlgae project. It will look specifically at how microalgal bacterial flocs (MaB-flocs) can be used to treat wastewater, and then harvested and converted to biogas. More than 70 people attended the launch event on 26 March, including members of the local community and industry representatives. After talks and a tour, they were treated to delicious algae foods - including green algae cake!  

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Visit us at key industry and public events

The EnAlgae team will have a major presence at two key industry events in May and June. At the European Algae Biomass Association Expo and Conference (Florence, 28 & 29 May), we will have at least one speaker during the conference (full agenda tbc) plus a stand at the expo. Then, a few days later, we will be at the 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (Copenhagen, 3-6 June). Join us at the Algae Day (a side event) or visit us at our stand. Finally, if you're in Belfast the first weekend in June, why not pop down to the Strangford Lough Maritime Festival. There will be plenty of seaweed-related fun organised by our team at Queen's University Belfast.

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Pupils learn about the science of seaweed

The Queen's University Belfast team visited several local primary schools in Ards Peninsula in January to introduce pupils to its algal research taking place in Strangford Lough. Using a show-and-tell approach, talks were given that introduced the concept of marine renewable energy and described how macroalgae can be cultivated on longlines for bienergy biomass. Queen's have also produced a ten minute video about their research which can be viewed here.

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Algal economics discussed at University of Cambridge

EnAlgae partner InCrops held a stakeholder engagement workshop at University of Cambridge on 11 January. It was attended by several UK algal start-ups and SMEs, with representatives from Algenuity, Aragreeen and Persuit Dynamics. Also present were delegates with engineering expertise from ETDE and the Centre for Process Innovation. The aim of the meeting was to demonstrate one of the economic models relating to algae production that has been produced by the project, and to gain feedback from potential end-users.

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Find out about the EnAlgae pilots

One of the biggest outputs for the EnAlgae project is the development of an integrated network of algal pilot plants across North West Europe. Information from these facilities is being used to consider technology requirements, economics and environmental aspects of growing algal biomass and converting it to bioenergy in the region. The pilots also allow the project to maximise the transnational value of algal culture facilities across NWE, as outlined in work packagae one. Follow the link to find out more about the work that is at the heart of our project.

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Are we reaching biogas overcapacity in the UK?

Following the news that the UK has now built more than 100 anaerobic digesters treating food and farm waste, Dr Matthew Aylott of NNFCC looks at the future of the industry and asks whether we are reaching overcapacity. The total number of ADs operating outside the water industry may still only be a fraction of the infrastructure required, but the achievement is important and will provide greater confidence to those investing in biogas.

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Meet the team

EnAlgae brings together 19 partner organisations across seven EU member states. At present, the project employs more than 70 people all of whom play a vital role in helping the project acheive its goals. You can find out about the different ways in which people contribute to EnAlgae over at our new 'Staff Spotlights' section; it also includes some fascinating insights into their hobbies, pets and sweet-eating habits! Click the link below to find out more.

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EnAlgae is a four-year Strategic Initiative of the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme. It brings together 19 partners and 14 observers across 7 EU Member States with the aim of developing sustainable technologies for algal biomass production

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