UK university explores versatility of algae as biofeedstock

02/26/2014

The University of Greenwich is leading a €10m international project to develop the microalga Dunaliella as a sustainable raw material that captures CO2 and can grow in some of the world's harshest environments, from salt caves in the Antarctic to salt pans in the tropics.

The project will build a biorefinery called the D-Factory, aimed at turning every part of the alga into something useful.

Project leader Professor Pat Harvey, Head of Bioenergy Research at the university's Faculty of Engineering and Science, explains: "The race is on to develop a broader spectrum of compounds from algae, which can be turned into high-value products including food and medicines.
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