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Algal Bioenergy SIG publishes report on activities and achievements over the last 5 years

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) was formed in 2011 with support from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK and managed by the Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd. (KTN).

The ABSIG has three main objectives:
  1. To ensure that project developers fully understand the environmental implications of any planned algal commercialisation activity in the fields of bioenergy and commodity chemicals;
  2. To connect academia and industry in developing the evidence base for the sustainable production of algal products;
  3. To help UK businesses operating in the fields of algal bioenergy or using algal-derived products, to profit and grow through new biosciences-inspired innovation.
Special Interest Groups are intended to have short life spans hence dedicated support for the ABSIG ended on 31st March 2016. The deliverables from the programme are:
  • A UK Roadmap for Algal Technologies
  • Strategic Research Agenda
  • 113 companies engaged with in context of ecosystem services
  • £65,000 invested in 13 SPARK Awards
  • £2,975,000 follow-on funding secured by SPARK awardees
  • £60,000 invested in 6 SPARK Plus Awards
  • 8 new products
  • 12 new or improved processes
  • 4 new or improved service provisions
  • 18 jobs created or safeguarded
  • 2 patent applications
  • 1 technology licence
  • 3 reduced production costs
  • 2 new companies created
  • 16 events delivered
  • 27 events actively participated in
  • 3 case studies published
  • 743 members on website (
  • 1 Mission to USA delivered
  • 2 new algae SIG’s created in Norway
  • 1 IBLF Award enabling IP support for one start-up company

Find out more in the report on the activities and deliverables of the ABSIG for 2011-2016 by clicking here.

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