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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EnAlgae Final Report Card
Our final report card has been published and is now available for download.
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Panning for Green Gold: Developing the algal bioeconomy
Our documentary is finished and ready for you to view and enjoy.
It charts the work which has been undertaken by EnAlgae over the life of the project, places it in the context of what else is happening across the world and offers a glimpse of where the technologies developed by EnAlgae could develop further in the future.
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Dr Kevin Flynn
Scientific Staff Member
What's your role within the EnAlgae project?
I am the overall PI of the project, working at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatics Research (CSAR) in Swansea University
What were you doing before you joined the project?
I have a wide range of scientific interests, but these are all focussed around the development and use of dynamic systems biology models. My PhD was in experimental algal physiology, and from there I developed interests in plankton dynamics, the transfer of energy and elements, and harmful algal blooms. I led the lynch-pin component of the Carbon Trust (UK) Algal Biofuels Challenge, which sought to generate a model-based tool for the design and operation of a microalgal biofuels production facility. I have also been a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, working on algal biofuels. Beyond Enalgae and allied algal-biotech projects, I currently work on ocean acidification impacts upon commercial fisheries, and the new paradigm for marine ecology that recognises the important role that mixotrophic protists (formally often misidentified as phytoplankton or microzooplankton) play in ecology.
Why you are interesting in EnAlgae?
Enalgae was launched at a time when algae were championed as a potential important contributor to European sustainable energy demands. My interest stemmed from the earlier engagement with the Carbon Trust project, with a desire to use models to focus the project, to deliver projections to aid the sustainability arguments.
What are you working on at the moment?
My scientific role is in the delivery of aspects of the project related to the decision support tool that will enable practitioners through to venture capitalists to gauge the potential for algae to delivery biomass and/or energy. My other role is in preparing for the satisfactory completion of the project, and in designing mechanisms for overseeing the future of the data and ideas generated during the EnAlgae project.
Tell us something else about yourself:
I used to write computer games, back in the days when one person could do it all, and when 1 weeks sales would equate to one year of my current salary!