Microalgae: A crop for the future
Accelerated climate change and an increasing demand for resources have become major challenges for the present and future of humanity. Over the last decade, great efforts have been made to identify sustainable and economically-viable solutions. Microalgae have emerged as particularly promising: they can be grown on land that is unsuitable for traditional agriculture, with saltwater instead of valuable fresh water resources, and will provide oils, proteins, carbohydrates and valuable specialties.
Europe: advancing the blue economy
In 2013, four major European collaborative R&D projects – Bisigodos, D-Factory, Miracles and PUFAChain – were launched under the flagship of the European Knowledge-Based Bioeconomy. They were tasked with laying the foundations for a bio-based future built on microalgae: tackling the challenges for capturing CO2 and developing economic, environmentally-sustainable, microalgae-based biorefineries. The results of this effort are now available: each of the four projects has developed major innovations to enhance the cost-effectiveness of algae production and processing for food, feed and non-food applications.
- They have overcome technical bottlenecks using a combination of expertise from industry, high-level R&D institutes and end-users in the target markets.
- They have developed a range of new products that are relevant for B-to-B companies as well as end-users in various sectors.
- The project teams have assessed socio-economic and environmental impacts, awareness among consumers and prepared exploitation and business plans
Algae Biorefineries for Europe: towards a sustainable economy
The four consortia have joined forces in organising the Conference ‘‘Algae Biorefineries for Europe: towards a sustainable economy” to showcase their progress on the sustainable use of microalgae. Representatives from industry, policy makers, NGOs, finance, and researchers across Europe and beyond are invited to join us in Bruxelles (BE) on 17th – 18th October 2017. At Algae Biorefineries for Europe you will be able to:
- meet with stakeholders from industry, governance, policy makers, public authorities, academia and finance
- listen at first-hand to the outcomes of four years of intense research and collaboration,
- learn about state-of-the-art developments on microalgae biotechnologies,
- discuss exploitation opportunities resulting from the projects
- contribute to discussions on future challenges.
Check the programme HERE