Symposium focusing on work at EnAlgae pilots in Northwest Europe

[EU] Scientists, companies active in algae industries,  entrepreneurs, policy makers , the press and  students are being invited to attend a day long symposium focusing on the findings so far that have emerged from the EnAlgae project.

This event is being organized by Flanders’ Maritime Cluster and Ghent University, Campus Kortrijk. It is funded by the INTERREG Program IVB NWE, the Flemish Government and Province West-Flanders.

The symposium will be held at UGent, Campus Kortrijk on Thursday 18thSeptember and at the project’s pilot which is located in Wevelgem, a city next to Kortrijk.

“To grow algae or not to grow algae in Northwest Europe, that’s the question!” said Dr Sofie Van Den Hende. “To answer this question, and thus truly reveal the potential of innovative algae technology in Northwest Europe, collaborative research on pilot scale is of major importance.

“Two years after starting the EnAlgae Pilot Network, we are happy to share and discuss with those attending the symposium some exclusive results.  The great value of this EnAlgae Pilot Symposium is it will allow attendees to learn more of the truth about algae, and we look forward to seeing people there.”

In the morning, participants will be able to visit the algae pilot reactor of UGent, Campus Kortrijk, located at the production site of Alpro, a Flemish award-winning company that produces plant-based foods and drinks.

In the afternoon, the focus will be on the results of the technical, LCA and economic potential of EnAlgae micro-algae and seaweed pilot plant facilities. These findings will be presented by the project partners.

The EnAlgae Decision Support Tool will also be introduced. This presentation will outline the innovative processes and techniques we are using to capture the data, information and knowledge surrounding Algae cultivation in NWE Europe with a view to developing sophisticated decision support tools.

These tools will enable stakeholders to explore current activities and potential opportunities in their region and understand the economic, environmental and legislative issues surrounding the cultivation of algae for energy.


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