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NNFCC to undertake algae bioenergy environmental impacts research

The new research will explore what needs to be done to sustainably produce biofuels, bioenergy and biochemicals from algae in the UK.

Algae have the potential to make a significant contribution towards our future bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals ambitions in the UK. However, there remain big gaps in our understanding of the environmental impacts of large-scale algae production and its conversion into useable products.

This is why the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Technology Strategy Board (TSB) 'Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB-SIG)' has commissioned the NNFCC to identify and assess the steps that need to be taken before sustainable, large-scale production can begin.

“As the UK’s National Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials, the NNFCC are well placed to identify UK strategic and applied (industry-relevant) R&D priorities, technology needs and costs to deliver identified knowledge gaps and technologies needs in the field of algal commercialisation projects relevant to bioenergy and biochemicals,” said Dr Michele Stanley, the Director of AB-SIG.

The report, to be produced by the NNFCC, will be used to inform decisions on the format and detail of future networking and activities undertaken through the AB-SIG. It will focus on the effects commercial algae production could have on ecosystem services and biodiversity.

It will also provide a reference document to inform policy-makers and funders about the key strategic, industry-relevant, research and technology requirements necessary to establish a competitive and environmentally sustainable position for the UK in the emerging bio-based economy in the field of algal bioenergy and biochemicals.



2 people have had something to say so far

Thanks for this update.
I have recently joined the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN as Project Manager taking forward a number of aviation themes including one on the Introduction of Biofuels. In a nutshell, this is about establishing a research network around the challenges faced by the airport operators with the introduction of biofuels as an alternative to jet fuel. Whilst our focus might be in the application area, the research proposed by NNFCC sounds of great relevance taking a lifecycle perspective.
is there a timescale for the report?
Many thanks.
Posted on 23/08/11 11:28.
Hello Richard,

Your work sounds really interesting, please keep us informed. The report is due to be published in January 2012. It will be posted on the NNFCC website and linked from this group.

Many thanks,

Posted on 24/08/11 10:53 in reply to Richard Pitman.

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