microalgas más productivas en aceite para obtener biodiésel


It is estimated that the world’s energy consumption will have grown 40% by 2030. Increasing energy demand forecasts, together with geographical consumption redistribution, will contribute to the further depletion of fossil fuels and to push their prices up as a result of a higher supply-demand imbalance.

Energy dependency in the European Union currently amounts to 53% and on the face of the steady escalation in energy consumption and energy imports, the EU is looking at the current trends with concern.

Algae have a high bio-energy potential because they can be used to obtain biodiesel and ethanol or be subjected to anaerobic digestion to produce biogas.

Breakthroughs in the farming technology are a key in achieving cost reductions and improved profitability along the entire value chain of micro-algae farming (for different applications).

Taking into account the barriers described above for the viability of this technology, the aim of this project is to progress along the pathways available to the industry within the Operative Programme for Territorial Cooperation between France, Spain and Andorra POCTEFA. To achieve this, the activities include: the development of the most appropriate analysis method to evaluate the potential of implementing assessment systems based on micro-algae farming in the industrial sectors of the POCTEFA region; working sessions with experts in economic sectors of interest, to evaluate the level of awareness among economic agents and the civil society regarding algal biomass and the expectations of professional experts regarding the benefits expected from this biomass.

The project idea was born in one of the working groups of the POCTEFA project: REMAR (Energy and Environment Network). This cross-border initiative has promoted the creation of stable cooperation groups leading to joint R&D and Innovation activities in their activity areas, including ENERGREEN.

The project has a length of two years (May 2012 – May 2014).