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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  1. 20 Jan

    Over 40 delegates make their way to Northern Ireland for EnAlgae workshop

    Academics, businesses and environmental protection groups travelled to Northern Ireland this week to attend an EnAlgae workshop looking at seaweed and anaerobic digestion. The event was held at Queen's University's Marine Laboratory in Portaferry and over forty delegates attended.

  2. 15 Jan

    Invitation - Algae Around the World given focus at EnAlgae event in Cambridge

    EnAlgae in collaboration with the University of Cambridge is hosting a symposium showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, through collaborative projects. Algae are present in every biome of the planet, ranging from species found in the coldest regions of Antarctica to the hottest deserts. This remarkable biodiversity means that algae represent a rich resource: as expression hosts, sources of new enzymes or metabolic pathways, and for their biofuel potential. As molecular tools and cultivation methods advance, microalgae are beginning to show promise for industrial biotechnology and biorefining.

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Catharine Jones
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