Project Description

The overall objective of InteSusAl (Demonstration of integrated and sustainable microalgae cultivation with biodiesel validation) is to demonstrate an integrated approach to produce microalgae in a sustainable manner on an industrial scale.

More precisely, the project optimises the production of algae by both heterotrophic and phototrophic routes and demonstrates the integration of these production technologies (Raceway, PhotoBioReactor and Fermentation) to achieve the algae cultivation targets of 90-120 dry tonnes per hectare by annum.

The project selects algae species and cultivation technologies to attain algal oil with a suitable lipid profile for biodiesel production and validates this selection through conversion of the extracted oil into biodiesel to meet standard specifications.

It is expected from InteSusAl results to be able to significantly contribute to increase the security of energy supply for European Transport needs and greater penetration of Renewable Energy Resources (RES), reducing therefore, EU’s GHG emissions.

The sustainability of this demonstration, in terms of both economic and environmental (closed carbon loop) implications is considered across the whole process, including optimum use of algal biomass resources to enable commercialisation.

The InteSusAl project, co-funded by DG Energy of the European Commission, started its work on 1st May 2011, and will run until 31st July 2016.