CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre) department of biomass is currently working with other European partners in the ENERGREEN project, a project where the main goal is to obtain biodiesel from microalgae keeping in mind that the result should be considered both cost and energy- efficient. To this end, the team in this project has faced all the barriers identified along the production process, from cultivation to processing into fuel.
The project focuses on rehabilitation of the traditional microalgae cultures for the production of high energy potential microorganisms and meets current R & D needs in the use of microalgae as a renewable energy source, which will help to comprehensively address all the details of the process.
Specifically, CENER is responsible for the characterization of microalgae samples, developed through culture strategies involving high lipid content biomass, and for the evaluation of oil extraction and biodiesel processing systems. Special emphasis has been placed in this project, to assessing the transferability level and perception of the economic sectors and society on the algal biomass. Through this action CENER in Spain and APESA in France, will develop an analysis methodology that will evaluate the potential for implementation of recovery systems based on the cultivation of microalgae in these region’s industrial sectors.
To achieve this objective, it is intended to identify industries particularly capable of coupling the microalgae cultivation and production with their industrial activity, resulting in both economic and environmental benefits (sewage treatment plants, biodigestion plants, energy, cement …). In addition, the implementation of a working group composed of experts representing potential microalgae users is planned, in order to assess the level of transferability of research results to the maturity level of technologies.
ENERGREEN is a cross-border cooperation project involving: Neiker Tecnalia as Coordinating Center, CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre), the Tecnalia Research & Innovation Foundation, University of the Basque Country, Apesa (Association pour l”Environnement et la Sécurite en Aquitaine) and CATAR-CRITT (Centre d”application et de Transformation des AgroRessources).