Energetic Algae aims to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources in North West Europe, by accelerating the development and use of algal-based bioenergy and GHG mitigation technologies from pilot phase to application and marketable products, processes and services. This is achieved by bundling know-how, finance and political support. The planned actions are funded by the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme and addresses fields of action such as 2A “Addressing challenges / barriers related to specific sustainable energy technologies” and 2B “Bringing forward innovative approaches to sustainable energy promotion and management”. EnAlgae brings together 19 partners across 7 EU Member States for a 4 years action.
North West Europe currently generates most of its energy from fossil fuels, whereas EC legislation requires an increasing proportion of energy from renewable sources including biofuels (EC Directive 2009/28/EC). The recently approved 2030 decarbonization objectives agreed by the EU Council in 2014 established a 40% emission reductions goal.These targets provide a clear incentive for North West Europe to devise an integrated strategy for bioenergy production and greenhouse gas mitigation. Intensive use of land throughout much of North West Europe imposes challenges on land available for bioenergy crops and on crop types.
Algal biotechnologies provide an opportunity to address this issues, as algae do not compete for food crop resources, are capable of greenhouse gas mitigation and are adaptable to different environments. EnAlgae action shall set up a network of pilot scale algal facilities to develop and exchange algal bioenergy best practices tailored to prevailing operating conditions in North West Europe. Furthermore, inputs will be obtained from policy makers, regulators, operators, NGOs and the public to develop a sectoral technology roadmap. An ICT decision support tool will be implemented to guide the sustainable expansion of the algal bioenergy sector in North West Europe. In addition, project participants will also benefit from financial and political support.
Find more information in the EnAlgae project website: www.enalgae.eu
Check a summary of the EnAlgae project in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi_RGpfZmvM