Abengoa given green light for Europe’s first algae refinery
Madrid – Spain is working to establish itself as a European hotspot for bioenergy production. The country’s Abengoa Bioenergia Nuevas Tecnologias, a subsidiary of Abengoa Bioenergy, will lead an international consortium in the country planning to build a 10-hectare algae pilot-plant. The facility will be somewhere in Spain, although the specific location has yet to be ascertained.
The BIOFAT-project will begin with strain selection and proceed to biological optimisation of culture media, monitored algae cultivation, low energy harvesting and technology integration. Expected to last four years, the project will produce approximately 900 tons of algae annually. Algae are used as biomass feedstock to produce biofuels, including ethanol and biodiesel.
The nine-member BIOFAT-consortium includes the University of Florence (Italy), A4F-AlgaFuel (Portugal), Ben-Gurion University (Israel), Fotosintetica and Microbiologica (Italy), Evodos (Netherlands), AlgoSource Technologies (France), IN SRL
(Italy), and other partners.