[EU, UK] One of the outputs from the EnAlgae project has been a partnership between the Swansea University project and Tata Steel in researching how algae can be used in an industrial environment to consume carbon dioxide produced as a process by-product.
And at this year’s Hay Festival the partners aim to inform and educate festival goers about the potential of algae as a sustainable resource.
For the past couple of years the ACCOMPLISH (Algal Carbon Capture and BiOMass – Linked Supply cHain) pilot, which is part of the EnAlgae project, has sought to establish an industrial biotechnology collaboration with particular focus on growing algae on site at Tata Steel in Port Talbot. This has used the carbon dioxide emissions from steel-making processes as a carbon nutrient for the algae.
“This collaboration with EnAlgae is an important example of how working closely with industry can help yield results for researchers and businesses,” said Dr Alla Silkina. “We have been able to use the by-product streams a nutrients at Port Talbot and demonstrate that algae can use it to grow. This could have all kinds of implications for businesses which need to think about the waste they produce and how they dispose of it.
“With a system like the one we’ve used at Tata Steel, we’ve been able to demonstrate that algae can help remediate waste gases. So not only will we reduce the environmental impact of industrial by products, but a biomass is cultured which can be used for energy production, such as biomethane, or potentially as a fish feeds.”
Tata Steel’s Technical Director, Martin Brunnock, said, “We are committed further to improve the sustainability of our processes. It is projects like this, with leading academic partners, such as Swansea University here in Wales, which are making us leaders in the field of sustainable steelmaking.”
Tata believes the ACCOMPLISH project may grow, joining a series of initiatives, which will add to the strong track record of Tata Steel in improving the environmental impact of steelmaking.
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