22 Sep 2015 Final EnAlgae report card published ahead of close out
The final report card for the EnAlgae project has been published and is now available online.
Focusing on products and impact, the report summarises the work undertaken during the lifetime of the project and highlights the legacies that will be left behind thanks to EnAlgae. It can be found at http://bit.ly/1umWbGj
“One of the major ideas enthusiastically considered 5 years ago was the potential role of algae in energy generation,” says the project’s principle investigator, Prof Kevin Flynn from Swansea University, in the card’s introduction. “With the barrel cost of oil almost halving, and revised estimates for the realistic potential for algal biofuels coming from the EnAlgae project, it now looks highly unlikely that algae can contribute significantly to Europe’s need for sustainable energy.
“This could be taken in a negative light, but I have always considered “energetic” algae to refer not so much to energy but to their great potential for commercial exploitation. And many technologies required for algal biofuels are required for the reliable mass production of algae for other sectors, such as food, nutraceuticals, and so on.
“The need for food, alone, is just as important to Europe as is energy, and algae contain valuable dietary components for humans.”
The report also outlines the best practice developed for both micro and macro algal cultivation, the political environment and regulatory framework in which the fledgling algae industry exists in North West Europe, and the decision support toolset and Algal Information Network that have been set up to try and help move this industry forward.
“We’re looking forward to discussing the report card in more detail with the delegates who’ll attend our close out conference,” said project coordinator Dr Shaun Richardson. “I hope people will find it useful and use it as a reference guide moving forward.”
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The event is being held at Espace Banca Monte dei Paschi, Av. d'Auderghem 22-28, 1040 Brussels.
The day starts with registration at 9.30am and continues until the end of a networking session at 18:00. You can follow the even via twitter and #EnAlgaeclose or @EnAlgae_NWE