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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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Shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration

Octoply Ltd and University College London received a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to investigate a shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration. The shipping industry is a major and increasing contributor to global carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions that contribute to climate change. There is potential to scrub CO 2 and NO x from ship...
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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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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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