Busy months ahead for EnAlgae staff

With the approach of the finer weather comes an increase in opportunities to engage with the public thanks to a series of events and workshops planned in the coming weeks. Partners across North West Europe are taking the work ongoing in the EnAlgae project out to the public and stakeholders. One of the first such events will see EnAlgae scientists working at CEVA in Brittany open their doors to colleagues to showcase their facilities and offer an insight into the French algae industry. Jennifer Champenois, one of the researchers on the project, is based at the Centre d’Etude et de Valorisation des Algues and is coordinating the event. “The aim of this event is to welcome our colleagues from across Europe working in algae research to our facility here in Brittany,” she said. “We’ve recently introduced a new cultivation system at sea, and this event will be the first opportunity we’ve had to show them how it works.”

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EnAlgae commits to Strangford Lough Marine Festival for a second year

For the second year running scientists working for EnAlgae will be hosting their seaweed garden stand and tours during the Maritime Festival. Visitors to the festival, which is being held in an area fast developing a reputation as a hub for sustainability, will again be invited into Queen’s University Marine Lab during the event to come and see how we grow seaweed in the Lough to produce bioenergy. “Once again we’ll be calling on local children and visitors to come and help us construct longlines for our seaweed garden,” said Dr Karen Mooney. “We want people to get out on the water with us and see for themselves the UK’s first pilot commercial scale seaweed growing site. “This is one of three renewable energy sites on the lough, an area which is fast developing a name for itself as a hub for sustainability . And that is a development which we are happy to be associated with.”

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EnAlgae scientist gives presentation on using waste effluent at conference in France.

Work being undertaken to use wastewater to help grow algae was showcased recently by the EnAlgae project at the Alg ‘n’ Chem 2014 conference held in France. Dr Alla Silkina, one of the researchers working on the project based at Swansea University, attended the event on behalf of EnAlgae. It was held in Montpellier by the Fédération Française pour les sciences de la Chimie at the end of March. “This event was an opportunity for us to show the activity of EnAlgae and the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research,” said Dr Silkina. “I delivered a presentation looking at using waste effluents and flue gases in different bioreactors to grow algae.“And the presentation met with a great deal of success. A number of businesses and academics showed great interest in my findings and I’m hopeful there will be opportunities to collaborate with some of these people in the future.” 

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Benefits and Risks from Biomass Production with Microalgae International Stakeholder Workshop announced.

EnAlgae is hosting a workshop in Frankfurt at the beginning of June. The international and transdisciplinary event on Thursday 5th June hopes to draw interested parties from a variety of sectors to discuss the benefits and risks which are associated with algae biomass production. “This is an extremely topical issue at the moment” said the host of the event, Dr. Christine Rösch, head of the research unit Sustainability and Environment at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). “We see that there are great chances but also potential challenges and even risks associated with producing algal biofuels. It is the aim of this workshop to explore the views of different stakeholders on those risks, and evaluate them taking into account the benefits associated with biomass production with microalgae.”

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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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