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Energetic Algae (EnAlgae)

Energetic Algae (EnAlgae)
Project team:

Rösch, Christine (Project leader); Johannes Skarka; Andreas Patyk; Annika Weiss; Franziska Ketzer

Funding:

INTERREG IVB North West Europe Program

Start date:

2011

End date:

2015

Project partners:

Swansea University, Wales, UK (project management); Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR), UK (Lead Partner); European Biomass Industry Association, BE; Ghent University, BE; Laborelec Ltd (GDF-SUEZ), BE; Flanders Marine, BE; University College West Flanders, BE; Agency for Renewable Resources, DE; HTW University of Applied Sciences, DE; Centre d'Etude et de Valorisation des Algues, FR; National University of Ireland Dublin, University College Dublin, IE; National University of Ireland, Galway, IE; Wageningen UR (including Plant Research International) / ACRRES, NL; Birmingham City University, UK; InCrops Enterprise Hub, UK; National Non-Food Crops Centre, UK; Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK; Queen's University Belfast, UK; The Scottish Association for Marine Science, UK

Research group:

Sustainability and environment

Project description

Logo EnAlgae
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The share of renewable energies is meant to be increased further in the European Union in order to reduce the human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, to extend the reach of the traditional fossil fuels, and to improve safety in the domain of energy supply. Among the renewable energies, biomass takes center stage. It delivers the highest share of renewable power supply, and it represents a premium energy source with its excellent storage ability and its versatile usability in the production of fuels, electricity, and heating. In Europe, expansion of energy crop growing is possible but it is increasingly limited due to the extensive already existent land-use. Algae are highly advantageous in comparison to other cultivated biomass. While rape and corn transform only about one percent of the sunlight into chemical energy, algea do up to five percent, however, a rate that can only be reached with sufficient carbon dioxide supply. Additionally, with algae no agriculturally suitable land area is needed as they can be cultivated in technical systems. In this way, the algae biotechnology offers an alternative to the so-called "plate - petrol tank" dilemma. An additional advantage is that algae prosper in salt water, and in brackish waters or even in nutritious waste water. Consequently, they can reduce the competitive pressure on agriculture regarding water resources and fertilizers. The usage of algae for energy production, and for the production of valuable co-products is still at the initial stage, and there is a great need of knowledge-based support in decision making as far as politics and economy are concerned.

Against this background, the INTERREG project Energetic Algae (EnAlgae) aims at supporting, and accelerating the development of a sustainable algae-based biomass production in Northwestern Europe by transnationally pooling the available knowledge. A network of pilot plants adapted to the climatic conditions in Northwestern Europe will be established and operated. A plant registry of the existing, and of the planned pilot plants in Northwestern Europe will be compiled, and operational data will be accumulated in standardized formats which will then be edited and presented to the public. A second focus of the project is the identification of economical, ecological and social opportunities and challenges that lie in the usage of algae biomass in Northwestern Europe. Additionally, information on production systems, industry standards, and sales markets that are suitable for Northwestern Europe have to be made available to politicians, industry, and investors. The gathered information, the experiences, and the knowledge will be used for the implementation of a web-based decision guidance. This guidance will have, among other purposes, the purpose to identify site-specific convenient production methods based on algae, and to work out national, regional and local development strategies.

Under the ageis of ITAS, a sustainability analysis and evaluation for different production procedures based on microalgae and macroalgae will take place while applying the integrative sustainability concept analyzing the material flow, the environment effects - life cycle based -, and the costs. The aim is to identify the most efficient and ecologically, economically, and socially most favorable algae-based process chain as well as suitable sites for the algae cultivation. Additionally, a concept for sustainable algae production has to be developed.

Project website: http://www.enalgae.eu/


Publications


2017
Journal Articles
2016
Presentations
Kugler, F.; Rösch, C.
Chances and challenges for LCA on pilot scale technologies - the case of EnAlgae.
2016. European Roadmap for an Algae-based Industry, Olhao, P, April 6-8, 2016 
Rösch, C.
Evaluation and development of scenarios for the application of microalgae as food and feed.
2016. 3rd Meeting of the MWK Research Area Microalgae, Hohenheim, February 26, 2016 
2015
Conference Papers
Skarka, J.; Rösch, C.
Microalgae plant siting and biomass potential in North-West Europe under different land use restrictions.
2015. 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2015), Wien, A, June 1-4, 2015, online, ETA-Florence Renewable Energie, Firenze, IT 
Presentations
Kugler, F.
Comparative LCA of microalgae production in horizontal tubular PBRs for biogas application.
2015. 3rd European Workshop on LCA for Algal Biofuels and Biomaterials, Bruxelles, B, May 11, 2015 
Rösch, C.
Microalgae for energy production, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and wastewater treatment.
2015. Minisymposium "Microbiologie de l’Environnement et Biomasse" (2015), Strasbourg, France, April 10, 2015 
Posters
Skarka, J.; Rösch, C.
Microalgae plant siting and biomass potential in North-West Europe under different land use restrictions.
2015. 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2015), Wien, A, June 1-4, 2015 
2014
Presentations
Rösch, C.
A framework for the integrative sustainability assessment of algal biofuels.
2014. 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2014), Hamburg, June 23-26, 2014 
Posters
Kugler, F.
Sustainability assessment of microalgae.
2014. EnAlgae Showcase for European Parliament, Bruxelles, B, November 17, 2014 
2013
Journal Articles
Solanki, M.; Skarka, J.; Chapman, C.
Linked data for potential algal biomass production.
2013. Semantic web, 4 (3), 331–340. doi:10.3233/SW-130105
Conference Papers
Rösch, C.
Nachhaltige Algenproduktion durch Nährstoffrecycling.
2013. Sustainable BioEconomy gemeinsam mit Workshop BioBoost, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), 28.-29. November 2012 Folien auf CD-ROM Karlsruhe : Karlsruhe Inst.of Technology, Campus North, 2013 urn:nbn:de: 0005-900156 
Presentations
Kugler, F.
Aquatische Biomasseproduktion zur Lösung des Teller-Trank-Dilemmas.
2013. Vortrag im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe der Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Karlsruhe, 6. Juni 2013 
Kugler, F.
Teller oder Trank? Konfliktlösung durch Produktion aquatischer Biomasse.
2013. Vortrag im Rahmen des Kolloquiums ’Landschafts- und Pflanzenökologie’ der Universität Hohenheim, Hohenheim, 19. November 2013 
2012
Conference Papers
Solanki, M.; Skarka, J.; Chapman, C.
LEAPS: Realising the potential of algal biomass production through semantic web and linked data.
2012. 8th International Conference on Semantic Systems (ISEM 2012), Graz, A, September 5-7, 2012. Ed.: H. Sack, 117–124, ACM, New York (NY). doi:10.1145/2362499.2362516
Presentations
Rösch, C.
Energie aus Algen - Neuer Hype oder nachhaltige Lösung?.
2012. Vortr.: Zentrum für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft, KIT, 28.Juni 2012 
Rösch, C.
Nachhaltige Algenproduktion durch Nährstoffrecycling.
2012. Vortrag: Kolloquium Sustainable BioEconomy; Workshop BioBoost am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruhe, 28.-29. November 2012 
Rösch, C.
Algen - Erfolgsmodelle aus der Urzeit für die nachhaltige Lösung des Energieproblems?.
2012. Vortrag: Kinder- und Jugenduniversität Bretten, 21. November 2012 
Solanki, M.; Skarka, J.; Chapman, C.
LEAPS: Realising the potential of algal biomass production through semantic web and linked data.
2012. 8th International Conference on Semantic Systems (ISEM 2012), Graz, A, September 5-7, 2012 
2011
Conference Papers
Rösch, C.; Wegerer, N.; Skarka, J.
Nutrients recycling in biodiesel production from microalgae.
2011. Faulstich, M. [Hrsg.] 19th European Biomass Conf. : From Research to Industry and Markets ; Proc.of the Internat.Conf.held in Berlin, June 6-10, 2011 DVD Firenze : ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, 2011, 105–110 
Presentations
Rösch, C.
Research on microalgae at KIT.
2011. 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2011), Berlin, Germany, June 6–10, 2011 
Rösch, C.; Wegener, N.; Skarka, J.
Nutrient recycling in biodiesel production from microalgae.
2011. 19th European Biomass Conf.and Exhibition, Berlin, June 6-10, 2011 
Skarka, J.; Rösch, C.; Posten, C.
The potential of energy production from microalgae in Europe with particular reference to land and CO₂ availability.
2011. 19th European Biomass Conf.and Exhibition, Berlin, June 6-10, 2011, 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2011), Berlin, Germany, June 6–10, 2011 
Weiss, A.
LCA of energy from microalgae.
2011. EABA Algae Biomass Conference and Expo (2011), Brussels, Belgium, November 29–30, 2011 
Posters
Skarka, J.; Rösch, C.; Posten, C.
Microalgal biomass for biofuels in Europe - production potential with regard to land and CO₂ availability.
2011. 1st Internat.Conf.on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts, St.Louis, Mo., July 17-20, 2011, 1st International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (2011), St Louis, MO, USA, July 17–20, 2011 

Contact

Dr. Christine Rösch
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe
Germany

Tel.: +49 721 608-22704
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