The EnAlgae team ventured to Kortrijk in Belgium recently for our symposium focusing on the project’s outcomes so far. The well-run event was organised by Dr Sofie Van Den Hende, Benedict Vermaut and Veerle Beelen and was extremely well received. One of the highlights proved to be a visit to Alpro’s production site to view their wastewater management system and to see how it is integrated with EnAlgae’s adjacent UGent pilot facility. Participants appreciated that pilot operators and pilot data users have shared their practical experiences on algae cultivation. And the whole symposium allowed people to fully appreciate how big, practical and demonstrative the EnAlgae project is.
Delegates at Symposium drawn from Europe and beyond
The symposium attracted delegates from the algae and agro-industries not only from Europe but also Israel, Argentina and Uruguay. With talks ranging from a study of energy use in open pond systems, to life-cycle assessments of microalgae-based technologies and the design and trial of a new seaweed growth structure, the event encompassed the work being undertaken across all of the EnAlgae pilot sites. There was even a chance to try a selection of food made from algae, including a seaweed icecream cake! The presentations are available in the following link.
This symposium allowed EnAlgae to try livestreaming for the first time. The event was broadcast live during the afternoon of Thursday 18th September. New technology such as livestreaming allows us to broaden our audience exponentially. It was very much an experiment for us, but it did attract some viewers and we hope we’ll try this again in the future. If you want to see the videos produced for yourselves, and apologies for the sound, please visit the attached link.
EnAlgae takes part in Titanic Belfast’s marine festival
Elsewhere, Titanic Belfast’s annual marine festival takes place at the end of October and EnAlgae will be taking part this year. Dr Karen Mooney will be at the event, which runs from Saturday October 25 until Sunday November 2nd. She’ll be talking about why we want to grow seaweed for bioenergy, and will explain how we do it and what it’s made of. There’ll also be discussion about what animals depend on seaweed not only for food but also as shelter. You can find out more about the event by visiting the link.
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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