Algae are a large group of simple aquatic organisms that have long been grown and harvested for many different uses.
They can be found in a variety of food and beauty products on the supermarket shelves, but exciting scientific developments in recent years have also revealed their bioenergy potential. As fossil fuel resources continue to decline around the globe, it is vital that new sources of fuel are identified and developed.
The EnAlgae project has received funding to develop algal bioenergy technologies at nine pilot facilities and to advance the emerging marketplace in North West Europe.
An INTERREG IVB North West Strategic Initiative
EnAlgae is a four-year Strategic Initiative of the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme. It brings together 19 partners and 14 observers across 7 EU Member States with the aim of developing sustainable technologies for algal biomass production.
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Picture of the week
We recently attended the 22nd EUBCE event in Hamburg and hosted a stand alone mini-symposium looking at algae. You can find out more about this at http://www.enalgae.eu/news.htm?id=76
Scientific Staff Member
What’s your main role in within the EnAlgae project?
What were you doing before you joined the project?
I studied agricultural biology, specialising in landscape ecology (ecotoxicology) at the University of Hohenheim (my diploma thesis was entitled ‘Impacts of elevated CO2 concentration and biodiversity on the carbon cycle of a Mediterranean model ecosystem’). After this, I completed a Masters programme in agribusiness to combine the scientific research side with some economic points of view.
What attracted you to the EnAlgae project?
For me, personally, my focus is on sustainability; that’s why I specialised in environmental management. My Masters thesis looked at the development of a CO2-Inventory for Stuttgart airport.
I’m very glad to be a member of the EnAlgae project because I really like to work in an innovative field of research. I’m interested in the developing area of algal biomass production that may, in the end, be a sustainable way of providing bioenergy and mitigate GHG emissions.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
I really love to travel; I like visiting different places and getting to know new people. I also love to cook for all of my friends.