Algae are among the most promising sustainable feedstocks for the feed, food, chemistry and energy sectors. They can grow on seawater and residual streams and do not compete for land with agricultural crops. In order to industrialise the field, the technology needs to be further developed and scaled up to a fully sustainable and commercial production process.
Aligned with the EU's ambitious targets in the bioeconomy and energy sectors, the European Commission (EC) is funding several dedicated algae projects, with the goal of making algae a mature technology for the sustainable production of energy, chemicals, food and feed ingredients. Several of these projects aimed at demonstrating the large scale production of algal biobased products along the whole value chain, covering strain selection to algae cultivation, biorefinery, product development and assessment of the sustainability and economical competiveness of the entire chain.
The EU co-funded projects have reached several breakthroughs, facing similar challenges. With the aim to learn from these experiences and develop more focused targets for future investments in R&D and give continuation to the investments done in the next years, six Consortia of EU-funded projects, namely the Algae Cluster (InteSusAl, All-gas and BIOFAT), MIRACLES, FUEL4ME and SPLASH, have joined forces to organise the International Conference ‘‘European Roadmap for an Algae-Based Industry’’.
The event will be held on 6-8 April 2015 at the municipality of Olhão, in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal (near Faro). The conference intends to connect different European projects on algae and, from that, identify new targets for future research and development.
More precisely, the event will:
- Develop a white paper on industrial algae production for the European Economy State of the Art of algae production in Europe
- Identify and discuss common challenges and report the highlights from the different projects
- Discuss the European innovation agenda needed to stimulate the development of the algae industry in Europe