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. 25 Feb

    EnAlgae welcomes visitors in their thousands at Northern Ireland Science Festival

    Thousands of visitors attended the recent Science of the Sea event at Titanic Belfast, part of the inaugural Northern Ireland Science Festival, and many of them paid a visit to the EnAlgae stand. Over two days from 21st to 22nd February, EnAlgae staff welcomed the curious and budding scientists and showed how they grow and harvest the seaweed, explaining why the work is being done.

  2. 24 Feb

    EnAlgae prepares for Northern Ireland Eco Schools event

    If you want to know how to grow baby seaweeds and learn how they're eventually planted out at sea then join EnAlgae research staff at the 20th Anniversary Northern Ireland Eco Schools event.

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Staff Spotlight

Adrian Higson
Project Collaborator