Christmas wishes from the EnAlgae team

Welcome to Issue 4 of our EnAlgae e-newsletter. And what a busy autumn period the team has had!   A milestone was reached in September with the launch of InCrops’ microalgae production facility at the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge; it now means all our pilots are operational and collecting data. Work continues apace to collate and process information on the full life cycle costs and resource usage across all the sites.  And since September we have presented information at 24 events in 7 different countries.  As the year draws to a close, the EnAlgae team wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a successful 2014.

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InCrops Launches ninth EnAlgae pilot site at UK Algae symposium

EnAlgae partner InCrops launched its new microalgae growth facility at the Botanic Garden in Cambridge on 2 September. The launch coincided with the UK Algae Symposium which took place at Cambridge University on the same day. Visitors to the symposium were given the opportunity to tour the facility and find out more about the research being done there.    The facility, which will be housed at the garden, is the ninth (and final) pilot plant created by the EnAlgae project. The project’s pilot plant network is focussed on growing and analysing different algal species to establish what algae can do to further the development of a green economy in North West Europe. 

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Swansea University team deploys mobile microalgae lab at Tata

A team based within the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) at Swansea University has built and deployed a mobile microalgal laboratory at the Tata Steel Strip Products steelworks site at Port Talbot. The facility is being used within the EnAlgae and ACCOMPLISH projects to verify and demonstrate the capability of photosynthetic microalgae to reduce carbon emissions and provide sustainable energy using industrial waste streams.

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EnAlgae publicity officer vacancy at Swansea University

A position has become available for a Publicity Officer to work on the EnAlgae project at Swansea University; applications are welcome until the 2nd January 2014. The post holder will be responsible for managing and delivering the central marketing and publicity activities on behalf of the 19-partner project team. Applicants will be expected to be formally qualified to a high level, preferably in a marketing or PR discipline.  The post holder should be able to demonstrate a variety of marketing skills and high-level marketing and commercial expertise. Ideally a Chartered Marketer, applicants should have excellent project management skills and experience. In addition significant previous experience of working in a European context, preferably in an HE environment, would be an advantage.

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EnAlgae opens doors to algal biotech facilities at Swansea University

On Tuesday 15 October, EnAlgae held an open day at its algal biotechnology research facilities at Swansea University.   Guests were able to take a tour of the facilities, view microalgae under a microscope, and also see how a mini filtration rig works. Talks were given by the Project Coordinator, Shaun Richardson, and Swansea University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Richard Davies. A computer modelling station allowed guests to play a ‘splat the algae’ game and the event was rounded off with an evening drinks reception.

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Showcasing algal biotechnology to the Committee of the regions

On the 5th December 2013, the EnAlgae project was delighted to be able to demonstrate examples of its technologies to the Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels.   At a luncheon reception and project showcase, the members of the CoR’s ENVE commission were invited to find out how algae in their different forms are cultured and converted into energy and other products. Examples of algae strains and cultivation equipment were on show, together with information on why algae are such a useful resource and how they can be used to help combat climate change and recycle waste nutrients.

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Queen's University Belfast at the Strangford Lough Maritime Festival

In June 2013, Queen's University Belfast took part in the Strangford Lough Maritime Festival. The public event was attended by more than 6,000 people who had the opportunity to visit the EnAlgae long lines, tour the lab and go on a Seashore Safari. You can watch a film about the event and about the important work being carried out by QUB by clicking the link to the full article.

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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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