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Summer 2015 European Energy Innovation


AlgaePARC: Towards industrialization
of microalgae for energy and chemicals

Photosynthetic technology for production and this first phase. For the planning
microorganisms, such biorefinery of algal biomass is of the next phase (2016-2020)
as microalgae and promising but needs further we improved the techno-
cyanobacteria can use a development. economic model, implemented
short direct route to convert solar experimental pilot-plant data
energy to functional molecules The mission of AlgaePARC is from the first phase, developed
and are therefore one of the to develop a commercial and a techno-economic model for
most promising feedstocks for sustainable production chain biorefinery and integrated the
sustainable production of energy, for commodity products from result with a market analysis.
chemicals food and feed. The microalgae. In 2010 we presented This analysis shows that there
a 15 years roadmap for the are market combinations of
Figure 1: Multidisciplinary approach: We development of a microalgal a number of algal products
ensure that different expertises are integrated. production chain. The roadmap economically feasible on the
Both, biological and engineering aspects consists out of several research short term. Therefore we will
of cultivation and biorefinery of algae are projects like AlgaePARC pilot work in the second phase in
included. A multidisciplinary team combines facilities to bridge the gap addition to further cost reduction
specialist knowledge with practical insight, between basic research and of production and biorefinery
which unifies laboratory and pilot scale commercialization, AlgaePARC for commodity products on the
research. biorefinery to fractionate algal development of production
biomass in multiple products chains for those products. In
and three EU-FP7 research the third phase of the roadmap
projects focusing on microalgal (2020-2025) commercial
production chains for fuels production of high value products
(FUEL4ME), biopolymers will be a reality. Research will
(SPLASH) and food and feed be done on development and
(MIRACLES). sustainability of production
chains for commodities. At that
The roadmap for industrial algae stage, a new techno-economic
production started in 2010, with and market analysis will examine
a background of more than ten the feasibility of commercial
years of pioneering research. production of commodities based
The roadmap runs until the year on experience and data from
2025. The first phase (2011-2015) demonstration plants. l
was focused on cost reduction
for production and biorefinery Contact details:
of algal biomass. A techno-
economic model was used to Email:
identify the research questions in

Figure 2: The four types of reactor systems at AlgaePARC (left to right): open raceway pond, horizontal tubular reactor,
vertically stacked tubular reactor and flat panel reactor
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