Research Output per year
The potential of microalgae is clear but the technology for producing biofuels from microalgae is still immature. In order to make microalgae as a source for biofuels competitive with fossil fuels, it is important to reduce operational costs and to achieve a positive energy balance (fossil energy input is higher than energy output). The overall aim of FUEL4ME is to establish a sustainable chain for continuous biofuel production using microalgae as a production platform, thereby making 2nd generation biofuels competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. This will be achieved by:
1) Transforming the current 2-step process for algal biomass production into a continuous 1-step process with high lipid content (production process);
2) Development of a continuous downstream process using all components of the algal biomass (conversion process);
3) Integration of production and conversion process.
After setting up and proof of concept within controlled indoor conditions, the continuous process will be tested outdoors under real production conditions in four different regions (NL, IL, IT ES). Simultaneous with research on biomass production, a continuous downstream process will be developed. Finally the whole process (both biomass production and conversion into biofuel) will be integrated and subjected to an economic analysis and life cycle analysis.
Partners in this project are: DLO-Food&Biobased Research, DLO-Plant Research International, Wageningen University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Fotosintetica & Microbiologica S.r.l. BioTopic, Norsker Investigaciones, Proviron, Evodos B.V., PDX, Cellulac, FeyeCon Carbon Dioxide Technologies BV, Neste Oil, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, IDConsortium S.L.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/13 → 31/12/16|
Bioeconomy with algae - Life cycle sustainability assessment including biophysical climate impacts (ALBEDO) of an algae-based biorefineryHingsamer, M., Bird, N., Kaltenegger, I., Jungmeier, G., Kleinegris, D., Lamers, P., Boussiba, S., Rodolfi, L., Norsker, N. H., Jacobs, F., Fenton, M., Ranjbar, R., Hujanen, M. & Sanz, M., 1 Jun 2017, In : European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings. 2017, 25thEUBCE, p. 1453-1455
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review
Modelling and assessment of algae cultivation for large scale biofuel production – sustainability and aspects of up-scaling of algae biorefineriesHingsamer, M., Jungmeier, G., Kleinegris, D. & Barbosa, M., 2016, p. 1457-1459.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Conference paper › Academic › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to conference › Conference paper › Academic