Dec 2013 - Dec 2017
Cultivation and biorefinery for Dunaliella
The aim of the D-Factory is to set a world benchmark for a sustainable algal biorefinery. With this purpose, a showcase of biorefinery will be set up and used as a robust manifestation for the business case for global investment in algae biorefineries and in large-scale production of microalgae using photobioreactors, algal raceways and lakes. Designs, flowsheets and integrated schemes along with sustainability assessments will produce benchmarks for a wide range of products and paths. These are being used in the D-Factory business case developed to raise investment for the first prototype D-Factory in Europe, by reaching several stakeholders across the globe via the Innovation Platform created.
Microalgae species: Dunaliella salina and Dunaliella bardawil
University of Greenwich (Coordinator), UK
Dynamic Extractions, UK
Hafren Investments Ltd, UK
Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, Portugal
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg, Gmbh, Germany
IN S.r.l., Italy
Marine Biological Association, UK
NATECO2 GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Nature Beta Technologies, Ltd, Israel
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden
A4F was involved in the feedstock production, including the design of a D-Factory cultivation module for industrial-scale operations, e.g. a pilot algal cultivation unit which can be replicated at industry scale, suitable for hypersaline water. Furthermore, A4F adapted the tubular photobioreactor for the production of sensible strains, like Dunaliella.