A major €14 million initiative is bringing experts from across North West Europe together to develop the potential of algae as a source of sustainable energy. The four-year transnational Energetic Algae – or EnAlgae – project, led by Swansea University (Wales, UK), is a strategic initiative funded by the INTERREG IVB North West Europe Programme via the European Regional Development Fund, together with a range of co-sponsors.
It involves 19 Partners and 13 Observers across eight EU member states; France, Belgium, UK, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, and aims to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources, through the accelerated development and deployment of algal-based biomass and bioenergy technologies.
“As the Director of the AB SIG I’m delighted to be acting as an official observer on this very exciting newly funded project,” says Dr Michele Stanley
“The Network will bring it’s extensive knowledge of commercial activities to ensure EnAlgae meets it’s goals and aids UK academics and industry in this field. We will provide a steer on the use algal biomass for renewable energy and chemicals production, and the environmental considerations associated with the large-scale use of micro- and macro-algae both at the UK level and internationally. “
The project’s manager Dr Robin Shields, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) at Swansea University’s College of Science, said: “Algal bioenergy has been identified as a strategic priority by the INTERREG IVB NWE Programme. The EnAlgae expert partnership has been formed to develop and implement technologies tailored to the unique socio-economic and environmental conditions of North West Europe.
“Thanks to close transnational cooperation, EnAlgae partners and stakeholders will gain access to those sustainable technologies most suited to their local operating conditions. “
More information can be found at the project’s website www.enalgae.eu