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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 investigated the potential for profitable production of the biofuel glycerol and other higher value metabolites from microalgae, through manipulation of the biosynthetic pathway by external...
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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 devised a microalgal process which upgrades brine waste and converts it into algal biomass. Microalgae thus plays an ecosystems services role in both supporting nutrient recovery and recycling, as...
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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.   AlgaeCytes is focused on developing and commercialising bioactive ingredients in particular Omega 3 oils (EPA - Eicosapentaenoic acid) and proteins for the healthcare,...
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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. Early in 2014 two modern chicken rearing houses became vacant presenting an opportunity to look at different livestock systems. The buildings are well insulated and with the current advantages of...
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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 funding allowed Industrial Phycology to demonstrate that its technology offers several ecosystem service benefits within a single process. By using microalgae as a wastewater treatment option...
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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 foods, securing a supply of red seaweeds." There is a resurgence of interest in edible seaweeds such as dulse, as their health benefits are noted and their use is endorsed and popularised by...
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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 algae biomass.   Research into using microalgae for the bioremediation of waste streams, for example those from tertiary waste water treatment, has been gaining momentum in the UK. However,...
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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 using microalgae for the bioremediation of waste streams, for example those from tertiary waste water treatment, has been gaining momentum in the UK. However, if biomass is not suitable for the food...
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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." This project evaluated how commercial cultivation of the green Ulva seaweeds can provide provisioning (food & fuel) and regulatory (bioremediation) ecosystem services to the UK’s coastal...
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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 production." Dr. Yuhong Zhou from University College London and Dr. John Gilchrist from BioPro Control Tech teamed up to create control technology to harvest sunlight then transfer the light...
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The Biotechnology YES competition is open for applications until 29th May 2015.

Biotechnology YES , now in its 20th year, is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of ideas among early career researchers. The competition is funded by sponsorship and aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK bioeconomy. BBRSC is organising 6 workshops across the UK...
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Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland highlights macroalgae as a longer term feedstock

In the next step towards growing Scotland’s bioeconomy, the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group, supported by Scottish Enterprise, has released the Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland at the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum Showcase in London. The Roadmap outlines the actions required and the support needed to contribute to industry’s goal of...
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EPSRC funding call for low carbon fuel generation

EPSRC , as part of the  Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme , invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research that will advance low carbon fuels generation toward deployment. Proposals submitted to this call must be multi-disciplinary in nature. This call is aimed to address low carbon fuel generation.  EPSRC  expects bids...
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Round 3 of the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst now open

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £45m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. Catalysts provide funding to innovative businesses and researchers working in priority areas with the aim of...
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Vince Cable announces £40M to continue Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced continued funding for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst for major, challenge-led research projects in industrial biotechnology (IB). The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK have committed to offer up to £40M (£20M, £10M and £10M...
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Webinar on funding opportunities for Industrial Biotech & SynBio

This KTN webinar provided an update on the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology, with particular focus on the remit of each competition and where applications are likely to fit best. 

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