€3.9 million from the French government to build microalgae farm for renewable energy

On the salt marshes of the Ile Saint-Martin at Gruissan in the Aude region of France, the Salinalgue project is designed to develop the processes involved in microalgal culture so that green energy can be harvested from these tiny plants. As an alternative to fossil fuels, this type of biorefining will eventually provide a response to the crucial challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Supported by 13 partners, including GDF SUEZ subsidiary company La Compagnie du Vent, Salinalgue has attracted €3.9 million in funding from the French government’s Fonds Unique Interministériel (FUI).

In the first instance, the experimental lagoons at Salinalgue have begun work on the intensive culture of microalgae to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of this new energy source. Last year, the area under culture was expanded to one hectare.

Microalgae offer a renewable and abundant raw material. Once harvested, the biorefinery process uses them as a raw material to produce bioenergies, such as biodiesel, biomethane and bioproducts (used for feed in fish farming). This innovative culture-based technology opens the way to a new form of sustainable energy that generates no greenhouse gases whatsoever. A very welcome project as a contributor to the energy transition.

La Compagnie du Vent is committed to the development of renewable energy sources. From France’s first wind farm to the experimental lagoons of Salinalgue and solar power, this GDF SUEZ subsidiary company sees this project as a logical contribution to diversifying the energy mix.


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