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
Chris De Visser
Business Unit Manager / Business Development
What's your role within the EnAlgae project?
I am leading action seven on economics and try to coordinate the participation of Wageningen's research group in the EnAlgae project.
What were you doing before you joined the project?
That is not easy to answer, but let’s focus on my participation in the development of the bio-economy which comes closest to the goals of EnAlgae. Together with partners, I have developed the Application Centre for Renewable Resources (ACRRES) which is a public-private partnership on solar and wind energy, and also on small scale biorefinery. I have set up and developed the project that has (amongst other things) led to the construction of an anaerobic biogas plant, a bio-ethanol plant, algae ponds and a thermal hydrolysis pre-treatment plant; all of which are interconnected based on waste streams.
Why you are interesting in EnAlgae?
Together with our industry partner, we want to accelerate the learning curve for algae. The EnAlgae project supports this ambition.
What are you working on at the moment?
At present, together with colleagues, I am working on bio-economic algae production models. We have chosen four excel based models to which we invite stakeholders to give input in order to improve the model results.
Tell us something else about yourself:
I have pet birds. They fly in our living room (only two and small; parrots). I also enjoy photography and travelling.