Algal SPARK Awards


SPARK Awards are £5k grants to encourage new collaborations between the research community and Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is the intention that small confidence building measures such as a SPARK award will encourage a longer term relationship between the SME and research-based partner.

The first Algal Bioenergy SPARK Call closed on 19th July 2013 and the second call closed on 26th June 2014. Please see reports below for details.

Completed SPARK Projects

Using genotype selection for optimal EPA production of a commercial microalgal strain

AlgaeCytes Ltd and the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth used their 2014 ABSIG SPARK award to look at g enotype selection for optimal EPA production of a commercial microalgal strain. ...

Growing algae for fish feed in agricultural units

GJL & AM Western and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) received a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to investigate algae bioremediation of wastewater from a Jade perch growth system. ...

Shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration

Octoply Ltd and University College London received a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to investigate a shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration. ...

Biogas, hydrogen and energy potential of algae grown in nutrient rich wastewater

Industrial Phycology and Cranfield University used their 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award for a project on "Biogas, hydrogen and energy potential of algae grown in nutrient rich wastewater." The SPARK...

Developing a Lab-scale method for measuring biogas potential from microalgae

University of Cambridge and  Anaero Technology were awarded a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to explore whether  anaerobic digestion of algae biomass is a possible route of utilisation of...

Redress: health provision through functional foods, securing a supply of red seaweeds

Loch Fyne Seafarms and the Scottish Association for Marine Science wer e awarded an ABSIG SPARK award in 2013 for their project " Redress: health provision through functional...

Analysing levels of plant growth promoters in seaweed juice for natural fertilisers

Seaweed extract is often high in cytokinins and auxins, both of which are a class of plant growth improvers. Consequently, a number of companies outside the UK sell seaweed extracts as a...

Engineering microalgae for pharmaceutical production

IOTA Pharmaceuticals Ltd and the  University of Greenwich received SPARK funding in 2013 to examine the  microalga Dunaliella salina   as a potential production vehicle for...

Selective nutrient recovery from wastewaters and energy production using microalgae

Industrial Phycology and Swansea University were awarded an ABSIG SPARK Award in 2013 for a project on " Selective Nutrient Recovery from Wastewaters and Energy Production Using Microalga." ...

Preventing microalgae from adhering to plastic bag photobioreactors

Ardtoe Marine Laboratory (AML), a world leader in marine aquaculture, science and technology and the  University of Glasgow recieved a 2013 SPARK award to i dentifying why the...

Identifying the genetic changes that impact lipid production in microalgae

Algenuity, Spicer Consulting Limited and  Rothamsted Research (RRES)  were awarded SPARK funding in 2013 to perform a l ipidomics screen of a Chlorella sp insertional gene trap...

Investigating the protein stabilisation properties of macroalgae extracts

Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd (AET) and IBERS, Aberystwyth University received a 2013 SPARK Award to fund an investigation into the ability of specific algal sugars to stabilise enzymes. The...

2014 SPARK Awards

 

  • Biogas, hydrogen and energy potential of microalgae grown in nutrient rich wastewater - Industrial Phycology and Cranfield University

  • Measurement of the biomethane potential of algal biomass for power generation - Anaero Technology and University of Cambridge

  • Algal bioremediation of wastewater from Jade Perch growth system (Jade Algae) - GJL & AM Western and Scottish Association for Marine Science

  • Shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration - Octoply Ltd and University College London

  • Sustainable and optimal EPA production of a commercial microalgal strain - AlgaeCytes Ltd and The Marine Biological Association

2013 SPARK Awards

  • Redress: health provision through functional foods, securing a supply of red seaweeds - Loch Fyne Seafarms and Scottish Association for Marine Science

  • Investigation into the protein stabilisation properties of macroalgae extracts - Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd. and Aberystwyth University

  • Lipidomics screen of a Chlorella sp insertional gene trap strain bank - Algenuity/Spicer Consulting Limited and Rothamsted Research Institute

  • Identifying why Tetraselmis adheres to plastic bag photobioreactors and preventitive strategies - Viking Fish Farms Ltd and University of Glasgow

  • Selective nutrient recovery from wastewatersand energy production using microalgae - Industrial Phycology and Swansea University

  • Development of a novel seaweed derived cytokinin-based plant growth promoter - Uist Asco Ltd. and Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)

  • Engineering micro-algae for pharmaceutical production - IOTA Pharmaceuticals Ltd and University of Greenwich

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