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This presentation was given at an official Committee of the Regions side event title 'From biomass to bioenergy, materials and products: boosting the EU’s bio-based economy through cross-border ...

This presentation was given at an official Committee of the Regions side event title 'From biomass to bioenergy, materials and products: boosting the EU’s bio-based economy through cross-border collaborationon' on the 10th Oct in Brussels, Belgium

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  • EU ContextIt includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and pulp and paper production, as well as parts of chemical, biotechnological and energy industries.is worth an estimated €2 trillionaccounts for 22 million jobs9% of total employment in the EUEach euro invested in EU-funded bioeconomy research and innovation is estimated to trigger €10 of value added in bioeconomy sectors by 2025.

Energy from algae: opportunities and barriers to uptake Energy from algae: opportunities and barriers to uptake Presentation Transcript

  • Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • The Bioeconomy Vision http://bridge2020.eu/ Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • The Land Debate Bioeconomy outputs will ultimately be constrained by land availability. Need to maximise land productivity through waste reduction and efficient integration of biomass processing. Algae offer the potential of efficient carbon capture and conversion of solar energy to bio-based products including transport fuel largely disconnected from land issues. Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Global algae projects AlgaePARC – Wageningen University National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts San Diego Centre for Algal Biotechnology National Renewable Energy Laboratory Algal Fuel Consortium Algae Cluster Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • How far can down the value chain can algae go? Source: A UK roadmap for algal technologies Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Commercial Potential? Images Courtesy of Algenol & Sapphire Energy Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Algae: Fundamental Questions? Which fuel should be the target? What production system? Can fuels be produced cost competitively? Can fuels deliver the required GHG savings? Can fuels be produced sustainably? Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Algae in NWE: Fundamental Questions? Is algae a reasonable energy technology pathway for North West Europe? What energy targets make sense? Is the market support sufficient? Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • 19 partners 14 observers 7 EU member states How? • Transnational network • Share knowledge develop best practice. What? • Environmental impact • Technical and economic feasibility • Opportunities and barriers analysis Why? • Climate change • Environmental benefits • Energy security • Economic development Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • The Project WP1 Cultivation • Data collection • Best practice sharing • Outreach WP2 Analysis • Economic Modelling • Life Cycle Analysis • Regulation and Policy WP3 Dissemination • Smart information and data tools Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Cultivation of macroalgae in NWE Aiming to improve on each phase of the seaweed cultivation process by sharing knowledge between partners: Produce seedlings in purpose-built hatcheries Grow biomass at sea and monitor environmental parameters at the same time In a standard manner to compare and improve reliability of data Communicate: workshops, on-site demonstration, technical manuals, etc. Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Mass cultivation of microalgae in NW Europe 6 pilot-scale facilities for the cultivation and downstream processing of microalgae: – – – – Photobioreactors to 32,000 litres Open ponds, mobile MaB-floc reactor Controlled environment labs for characterising biomass Harvesting / disruption / conversion technologies Focus on mass cultivation using liquid and gaseous waste streams. Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Summary The EnAlgae project has brought together a significant network of Algae experts. The level of information exchange could only be achieved through transnational collaboration. Stand alone energy production is economically challenging – consider integration options or higher value outputs. Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy
  • Sustainable Pathways for Algal Bioenergy