The European Energetic Algae project explores the potential of algae as an energy source. Its half a million euros Algal Innovation Center in Cambridge will soon scale up the research.
The Energetic Algae project, shortly EnAlgae, aims to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by developing biofuel technologies based on algae.
“A lot of people don’t realize that the petrol or diesel that you put in your car comes from crude oil, that is actually fossilized algae”, sais Algal researcher Adam Powell from the Swanson University. “The algae has been under the ground for million of years, where high temperatures and pressure have created crude oil.” And that’s what his project aims to achieve too, but with pressing those millions of years into a couple of weeks.
This is one of several approaches, which EnAlgae wants to explore to gain algal-based bioenergy. To overcome cost and access barriers, it is currently building an integrated network of algal-exploring plants across North West Europe.
One of these is the Algal Innovation Center,