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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2 | Award Amount: 3.96M | Year: 2010

The BioAlgaeSorb collaboration will benefit European SME-AGs in diverse business sectors by developing technologies for remediating and valorising industrial and agricultural/aquacultural effluents via microalgae cultivation. The resultant microalgal biomass will form a carbon neutral, environmentally sustainable raw material that is a source for commercially valuable end products, among them renewable energy. The set task is to utilise unwanted effluents as nutrient sources for photosynthetic microalgae, thereby reducing effluent discharge by SMEs and yielding high quality biomass which will be harvested and upgraded using an integrated biorefinery approach into valuable products. Leading commercial systems for microalgae cultivation will be optimised for capturing inorganic nutrients from aqueous effluents (intensive agriculture and aquaculture; municipal anaerobic digesters) and CO2 from power plants, thereby mitigating the environmental impacts of these sectors and contributing to the European Low Carbon Economy via a new source of biomass-based biofuels, and by reducing the discharge of GHG to the atmosphere. Novel physical processes will be developed to efficiently harvest, stabilise and fractionate microalgae biomass for downstream conversion into valuable products. An innovative biorefinery approach will be adopted incorporating biomass pyrolysis (liquids, gas and char) for bioenergy and biofuel production, as well as separation into lipid, protein and carbohydrate fractions. Processes will be optimised for transforming micoalgal lipids into second generation transport fuels. Biomass extracts and purified compounds (eg, omega 3 fatty acids, pigments) will also be developed for use as food and feed additives. A holistic approach will be used throughout the project, incorporating coupled process and financial models to guide the development of cost efficient microalgae-based remediation of effluents for large numbers of European SMEs.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 69.89K | Year: 2016

Microalgae have the potential to produce an array of compounds in a manner more sustainable than the conventional petrochemical industry. This project aims to explore a novel and innovative method to produce algal biomass and bio-products at lower costs than conventional production systems. Namely we aim to investigate the commercial opportunity of using a proprietary membrane photobioreactor (MBR) to produce the high value pigment astaxanthin from a biofilm of the microalgal strain Haematococcus pluvialis.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.01M | Year: 2013

Nutrient recovery from wastewater has been receiving growing interest, driven by stringent nutrient discharge limits from Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) and by the potential for valorization of the recovered nutrients, e.g. for application as fertilizers, which can represent an additional revenue source to WWTP operators. The NUTREC project focuses on the recovery of ammonia (N) and phosphorus (P) from wastewaters, in particular reject water from biogas production (rich in N and P) and leachates (rich in N) from landfills. The NUTREC consortium led by a group of five SMEs (from four countries) within the WWT industrial sector wishes to improve and optimize a recently developed, innovative technological process for recovering ammonia, as well as extending such process for the recovery of phosphorus from diverse wastewaters, and transforming the nutrient-rich by-streams into useful fertilisers. The technology has a very high potential for economic savings especially related to energy and operational improvements in WWTPs. However, it faces number of limitations which the SME consortium expects to overcome with the contribution of two highly specialised RTD Performers that will address the main scientific and technological barriers preventing the technology from reaching the market. A successful achievement of the NUTREC project objectives will strongly improve the competitiveness of the five SMEs together expecting an increased turnover in the order of 80M (for the 5-year period post project), broadening their knowledge and market position in the WWT sector. Moreover, implementation of the new NUTREC technology will provide a sound business case to end-users (WWTPs), with a payback time below 2.5 years. Finally, a large implementation of the NUTREC technology will elicit substantial societal and environmental benefits, contributing to meeting EU policy objectives within the Environment, Health and Energy/CO2 emission areas.

Aqua Solutions | Date: 2014-06-24

This invention relates to compositions and methods for improving water quality by enhancing natural bacterial processes and altering environmental conditions in situ. This is achieved by the manufacture and use of granules or tables composed of the inventive formulations.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: NMP-25-2014-1 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2015

Ten years ago, our innovative Israeli SME company, Aqua Solutions Ltd. was founded. Since the beginning, our CEO, Mr. Ahmed Alimi, focused all our efforts on the optimisation of laundering processes by means of cleaning and disinfecting solutions without the usage of detergent. This led us to develop a process that has a strong cleaning ability and a strong disinfecting ability consuming only three elements: electricity, water and salt. With AquaPure our aim is to develop a detergent free process for industrial and household dishwashers. This apparatus will be integrated in the dishwashers and will be capable of reducing the energy consumption per cycle (70%), reduce water consumption (50%), and decrease each washing cycle duration (20%). The innovative technology helps significantly reduce costs per cycle (Energy: household: 200kWh/year; industrial: 330-2830kWh/year; water used: household: 780L/cycle; industrial: 1.200-75.200-40L/year ) and dramatically reduce environmental impact.

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