AlgaEnergy, using basic research coupled with its own know-how, has the mission of promoting new lines of basic research and applying and improving performance achieved in the lab at industrial level (applied research).
For that purpose, AlgaEnergy uses in its experiments its own Technological Platform for Experimentation with Microalgae (TPEM), located at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. This plant is considered to be the most powerful and flexible private R&I tool for microalgae biotechnology internationally.
R&I’s project portfolio ranges from genetic engineering applied to the modification of certain microalgae’s metabolism to the development and implementation of new and more efficient systems for cultivation and processing of microalgal biomass.
AlgaEnergy leads and participates in international R&I projects with a total investment of more than EUR 80 million. AlgaEnegy leads the way with more than 150 consortiums (universities, research centers and companies), all firmly committed to progress and sustainable development.
Some R&I projects that AlgaEnergy leads or participates in:
By valuing the essential role of agricultural biostimulants, the MicroClimatt Operational Group seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative biostimulant solutions derived from microalgae that can efficiently combat the effects of climate change in crops such as tomatoes or wheat. The project is promoted and coordinated by AlgaEnergy, with top-level partners.
Bioremediation project, endowed with about € 6 million focused on the recovery of high-value raw materials (rare earths, magnesium, heavy and precious metals) used by different industries through different biotechnological solutions, including microalgae.
Use of manure nutrients. Five value chains are considered in parallel in the following European countries: Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The European Commission has selected AlgaEnergy as one of the SMEs with the highest growth potential in Europe, with strategic importance for the continent. For this reason, it has financed 70% of AlgaEnergy's business plan, non-repayable, during 2017-2018.
The main objective of METASIN Project is to research and develop active ingredients, foods and multifunctional food supplements "ready to market", capable of affecting pathologies and risk factors associated with the metabolic syndrome in order to improve this population's quality of life, thus generating new business opportunities for food companies.
The objective of the ECLIPSE Project, within the Seventh EC Framework Programme and to which has been allocated EUR 5.3 million, is the development of new materials from residues and, more specifically, the obtaining of an ecological tetrabrik type container from microalgal residue.
The main objective of PROGRESO Project is to research innovative technologies to obtain high-value food products that improve protein content and provide technical solutions to population groups with specific protein demands.
BIO-BASED INDUSTRIES CONSORTIUM
AlgaEnergy is part of the European consortium Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) which, in association with the European Commission and with a budget of €2 billion until 2020, wants to lay the foundations for a competitive, innovative and sustainable Europe, guiding the transition to post-petrol society’s era in which economic growth is accomplished without resource depletion and environmental degradation.
The main purpose of this project is was to research the technological and healthy functionalities of different protein sources (dairy, meat, vegetables and algae), as well as their applicability in different food sectors.
The aim of this program is take up the production, on an industrial scale, of low toxicity, environmentally friendly antifouling coatings for their use in shipping, fishing vessels, floating devices and aquaculture.
In collaboration with the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology (Faculty of Biology) of the University of Santiago de Compostela, with the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Almeria and with the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO), PISCIS program has develped a production process for high-quality microalgae biomass for use in aquaculture
Before the European Commission, AlgaEnergy promoted the project CO2ALGAEFIX whose objective is the biofixation in microalgal culture of the existing CO2 in the combustion gases of industrial origin and the transformation of this harmful gas into products that benefit mankind and the market.
In the context of carbon dioxide (CO2), AlgaEnergy has effectively solved the need to know in advance if combustion gases and gas emanating from a certain emitting source are compatible with its efficient biological fixation in microalgal culture.
The potential of microalgae as a raw material is such that, in order to cover its full extent, it is necessary to integrate, in a common scenario, the specialized actors of the various strategic sectors involved.
In 2010, AlgaEnergy launched its own research program, called GENETDIESEL, "Selection and genetic improvement of microalgae and cyanobacteria for the production of biodiesel".