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. 14 Jul

    EnAlgae scientists continue engagement with primary schools

    One of the leading scientists working on the 14.5 million euro EnAlgae project has been speaking of his work with primary school children in which he introduces them to the work he's been conducting for the project in Antarctica. Dr Matthew Davey who is based within the University of Cambridge's Plant Sciences department, spent the start of the year with the British Antarctica Survey at the Rothera Research Station. There, he was looking at the lipid productivity in algae which grows at extremely cold temperatures. The aim of his research is to characterise metabolic traits in polar photosynthetic organisms when grown in their natural habitat.

  2. 14 Jul

    Dr Matt Davey speaks at omics conference

    Omics in extreme environments was the subject of a talk given recently by Dr Matt Davey on behalf of the EnAlgae project.

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Staff Spotlight

Shaun Richardson
Project Co-ordinator