Algal SPARK Plus Awards

Algae as a Tool in Ecosystem Services: Biofuel and Bioenergy

NERC and Innovate UK invested £50,000 into SPARK Plus Awards under the theme of Algae as a tool in ecosystem services: Biofuel and Bioenergy, in a call that closed on 22nd May 2015.

The objective of a SPARK Plus Award is to enable an SME to collaborate with an academic partner on an early-stage R&D project. The £10,000 award is paid to the research organisation when the work is finished. The SME must contribute a minimum of £5,000 to the project costs; the cost of the project should be a minimum of £15,000 and this contribution can be in-kind or in staff time.

Projects focussed on early-stage R&D of macro- or micro- algal derived fuels or energy for commercial applications, and could include biotechnology and/or non-biotech or synergistic technologies, so long as the technology improves efficiencies.

Completed SPARK Plus Projects

Tuning algae for biofuel profitably

BioExtractions (Wales) Ltd received an ABSIG SPARK Plus award to work with the  University of Greenwich on a "Tuning algae for biofuel profitably" project. The project has successfully...

Bioprocess modelling toolkit to explore options for algal biorefining

Phytofutures and University College London (UCL) used their ABSIG SPARK Plus award to create a  bioprocess modelling toolkit to explore options for algal biorefining. Phytofutures have...

Algal Biorefinery: routes for energy and nutrient recovery

A 2015 SPARK Plus Award enabled  Anaero Technology to work with the University of Cambridge on "Algal Biorefinery: routes for energy and nutrient recovery." Research into...

Growing your greens: ecosystem service provision through commercial Ulva cultivation

S.E.A. Consultants Ltd and Durham University received a 2015 ABSIG SPARK Plus Award for their project " Growing your greens: ecosystem service provision through commercial Ulva cultivation."...

Improving bioreactor light control to increase microalgae growth.

BioPro Control Tech Ltd and University College London recieved at 2015 ABSIG SPARK Plus Award for their project on "An optical fibre light utilisation and control system for microalgae biofuel...

ABSIG SPARK Plus Awards 2015

  • An optical fibre light utilisation and control system for microalgae biofuel production - University College London and BioPro Control Tech Ltd.

  • Growing your greens: ecosystem service provision through commercial Ulva cultivation - Durham University and SEA Consultants Ltd.

  • A bioprocess modelling toolkit to explore options for algal biorefining - University College London and Phytofutures Ltd.

  • Algal biorefinery: routes for energy and nutrient recovery - University of Cambridge and Anaero Technology Ltd.

  • Trireme: Continuous efficient tunable delivery of biofuels from unicellular Algae - Brunel University and P8E Ltd.

  • Tuning algae for biofuel profitably - University of Greenwich and Bioextractions (Wales) Ltd.

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