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
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 is ALG-AD doing?
ALG-AD has completed three pilot facilities construction at 3 distinct ‘real life conditions locations in North West Europe: Devon (UK), Ghent (Be) and Brittany (Fr). Each facility used local conditions to grow the algae and record results. Information from the three pilots is used to generate Decision Support Tools. These tools together with a demonstration to stakeholders promote the adoption of the new technology.
The valorisation of produced algal biomass will be achieved through the animal feed preparation. The process of hydrolysation of algal biomass with the assessment of pathogens and heavy metals level, permitting to use this biomass for the animal (piglet and fish) nutrition trials.
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
1 Singleton Park
|Universiteit Gent||Marcella Fernandes de Souza||Marcella.FernandesDeSouza@UGent.be||Belgium|
|Karlsruher Institut für Technologie||Christine Röschfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Birmingham City University||Lynsey Melville||Lynsey.Melville@bcu.ac.uk||United Kingdom|
|Langage AD||Daniel Langtonemail@example.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||Alassane Keita||Alassane.KEITA@anses.fr||France|
|Cooperl arc Atlantique||Barbara Clement-Larosiereemail@example.com||France|
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
Partners from across the ALG-AD project come together in Gatwick for third partners meeting Read More
French reactor construction update Read More