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ALG-AD - Creating value from waste nutrients by integrating algal and anaerobic digestion technology
What is ALG-AD?
ALG-AD is a Interreg NWE funded project in which new technology is being developed to take excess waste nutrients produced from anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste to cultivate algal biomass for animal feed and other products of value.
ALG-AD brings together a group of scientists and engineers from 11 different partners in four countries across North West Europe. These academics are working together with industry to develop a circular economy solution to create wealth from waste.
Why is the project necessary?
There is an urgent need to develop sustainable food and farming.
North West Europe is a densely populated and intensely agricultural area. It thus contributes disproportionately to food and farm waste produced in the EU each year.
Increasing amounts of food and farm waste are processed using anaerobic digestion (AD). AD converts waste to biogas used for energy and a liquid nutrient rich digestate, most of which is returned to land as a biofertiliser.
However, there are strict limits on the amount of digestate which is allowed to be put back on agricultural land. Strict limits are imposed with EU legislation and so-called Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. This is increasingly creating excess unwanted nutrients.
The ability to use these excess nutrients to produce new products presents a circular economy solution.
How can ALG-AD help?
ALG-AD combines algal and AD technology. Microalgae, mainly photosynthetic microorganisms will be cultivated, converting the unwanted nutrients into biomass. The cultivated algal biomass is rich in protein and other useful compounds, and can be used to generate sustainable animal feed products and other useful bio-products.
What will ALG-AD be doing?
ALG-AD is building three pilot facilities at 3 distinct ‘real life conditions locations in North West Europe: Devon, Ghent and Brittany. Each facility will use local conditions to grow the algae and record results. Information from the three pilots will be used to generate Decision Support Tools. These tools together with demonstration to stakeholders will promote adoption of the new technology.
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
P.O. Box 3640
Birmingham City University
1 Curzon Street
1 Higher Challonsleigh
Association des Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique
La Géraudière Rue P. A. Bobierre
44939 Cedex 9
Université de Bretagne Occidentale
3 rue des Archives
Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
1 Rue Dumont d'Urville
Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail
Cooperl arc Atlantique
7 Rue de la Jeannaie Maroue
1 Singleton Park
|Swansea University||Carole Llewellyn||
1 Singleton Park
|Universiteit Gent||Ivona Sigurnjak||Ivona.Sigurnjak@UGent.be||Belgium|
|Karlsruher Institut für Technologie||Christine Röschemail@example.com||Germany|
|Birmingham City University||Lynsey Melville||Lynsey.Melville@bcu.ac.uk||United Kingdom|
|Langage AD||Tom Chaloner||Tom.Chaloner@langagefarm.com||United Kingdom|
|Association des Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique||Pascal Dagronfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|Université de Bretagne Occidentale||Denis de la Broiseemail@example.com||France|
|Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique||Philippe Soudantfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail||Gilles Salvat||Gilles.email@example.com||France|
|Cooperl arc Atlantique||Anne Lacostefirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
ALG-AD held its 4th partner meeting in June 2019 and visited colleagues in Brest to see progress on Investment 2, which is located at Cooperl's facility in Lamballe in Brittany. Read More
Over the past year the EU Interreg NWE funded ALG-AD project has offered placements to three students under the Erasmus student exchange programme. The Erasmus programme is designed to enable students to gain valuable international experience, either by studying part of their degree abroad, or undertaking a work placement. Yoan Lessing from France, Sandra Dukič from Slovenia and Jose Ignacio from Spain have all spent varying amounts of time working on the project over the last year. Read More
An 800-litre photobioreactor was installed at INNOLAB premises, in Oostkamp, Belgium as part of our Investment site 3. The first phase of construction and water testing was successfully completed during the third week of June. Read More
With a first prize of €5000, the ALG-AD project will be represented alongside 20 finalists in the ReThink Protein Challenge on Thursday 27th June. Read More
Key members of the ALG-AD project team based in Swansea have been asked to Guest Edit a Special Issue of the ‘Metabolites’ journal, focusing on improving the understanding and available knowledge of the metabolomics of algae. Read More
Two of ALG-AD’s three pilot plants have now been commissioned and inoculated for the first time, with the first harvests from the pilots expected some time in April. During several months of hard work, the teams have designed, constructed and commissioned the pilot facilities at each location. These innovative systems combines large-scale algal cultivation facilities with anaerobic digestion. Read More
The first of ALG-AD’s three large scale pilot photobioreactors has been inoculated for the first time at Langage AD in Plymouth, Devon. The algae culture was transported from Swansea University on Tuesday morning (12th March). Initial readings are positive, and the algae appears to be settling in to its new environment. Read More
The UK Government’s new Clean Air Strategy could benefit from the work being done by ALG-AD Read More
ALG-AD joins with six other projects in a unique cluster to jointly promote and support the work being undertaken by each other. Read More
In the Press
The Government’s new Clean Air Strategy could benefit from the work being done by an EU Interreg NWE-funded research programme, which is looking at potential uses for algae in mitigating and recycling waste which could cause pollution due to agricultural practices. Read More
Technology centred on the potential uses of algae could offer farmers a sustainable and economical way of dealing with ammonia emissions. The UK Government’s new Clean Air Strategy may benefit from the work being done by a research programme currently involving 11 research institutions across Europe. Read More
Algae are being used to develop new technology to clean up waste. Excess waste nutrients produced from anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste are used to cultivate algal biomass for animal feed and other products of value. Read More
The development of a protein source from algae for feed is one of the objectives of an EU funded €5.5m circular economy project - ALG-AD - being led by scientists at Swansea University in the UK. Read More
Algae are being used to develop new technology to clean up waste. Scientists at Swansea University are leading on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution whereby excess waste nutrients produced from anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste are used to cultivate algal biomass for animal feed and other products of value. Read More
Our colleague Jai Sankar Seelam gave an introductory pitch on the project to colleagues and students at an inspiring afternoon events at the university.
His talk took place in a session which was organised by an end-of-waste business platform. It was billed as a unique opportunity to learn about the strategic developments in policy and industry, and current efforts at the faculty, and of the the efforts being made towards a more sustainable future.
Swansea University’s Oriel Science hosted “Super Science Sunday” at the National Waterfront Museum, during British Science Week 2019.
Visitors of all ages saw a huge range of interactive science exhibits, from animals and insects to black holes and astronauts! They were able to spend the day exploring current research with hands on learning, which was suitable for the entire family.
The second Nordic Algae Symposium was a one day symposium focusing on European & Nordic algal research and production sector, bringing together industrial and academic researchers engaged to algal studies & technologies.
The 24th National Symposium for Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS) on 4 February 2019 at Ghent University! NSABS 2019 was an event which brought together junior researchers, postdocs and group leaders in the field of applied biological sciences.
The full-day symposium encompassed a wide variety of research topics in applied biological sciences, and encouraged PhD students to present their work, meet and exchange ideas across researchers and institutions.
It was an opportunity to present research to a broad audience and offered the opportunity for networking among colleagues.
Inaugural event looking at the importance of nutrient recycling.
Members of the Food Standards Agency have paid a visit to Swansea University, allowing staff members on the ALG-AD project to showcase their work.
The ALG-AD project is aiming to create a circular economy using waste nutrients produced from the anaerobic digestion process to grow algae. The algal biomass produced will then be transformed into animal feed and other value products.
The FSA staff were treated to a tour of the aquaculture facilities, followed by presentations on ALG-AD and a select few projects currently ongoing at the University.
Dr Claudio Fuentes Grunewald, one of our project scientists based in Swansea University, recently had the chance to talk about the work being undertaken by the project at the 8th annual International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts, held in Seattle.
His work demonstrates the membrane technology can concentrate and purify phycoerythrin produced by P. purpureum on a large scale.
Using microalgae in the circular economy to valorise anaerobic digestate: challenges and opportunitiesPosted on
Our project members and associates have collaborated to compile this exciting review on the combination of Anaerobic Digestion and Algae Cultivation to create a circular economy. The paper has been recently published in Bioresource Technology. To read this article click by clicking below. Read More
Meet the Team
Swansea University is the lead partner and is responsible for all project management and communication activities. The university is also responsible for the construction and operation of the investment at Langage AD in Plymouth. In addition SU will contribute to all work packages, delivering and sharing technical results and best practice. Read More
Anses will evaluate and test the safety of the algal biomass and the algal biomass fractions for commercial product development. Read More
Innolab will be responsible for the set-up the AD-algae pilot installation in Flanders and roll out in close cooperation with UGent. Read More
Langage will host and over see running on a day to day basis of one of our three pilots. Read More
UBO, based in Western Brittany, will be responsible for the characterisation of algal biomass Read More
KIT is based in Germany. Colleagues are working closely with BCU on life cycle analyses and economic modelling. Read More
CNRS will be responsible for the work package looking at developing algal biomass into commercial products. Read More
Birmingham City University is building the Decision Support Tools. Read More
Association des Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique is one of our French partners based in Nantes. Read More
Cooperl is on of our French partners and will be responsible for undertaking the feed trials for the project. Read More