During the first half of 2017, technicians from CENER´s (National Center of Renewable Energies) Department of Biomass have carried out the scaling of microalgae cultivation in the facilities of the CB2G (Second Generation Biofuels Center), following the protocols developed at Neiker-Tecnalia. During this scaling, the first 12 kg of microalgae biomass with a solids concentration higher than expected and with lipid content higher than 50% have been produced. It is called the CYCLALG project
Recovery of oil extracted from the cultivated microalgae has also been achieved in those months, carried out by CATAR-CRITT (partner of the project) for the production of biodiesel. A company in the biofuels sector is currently in charge of testing the quality of this biodiesel, as well as assessing the potential interest of this product for the industrial sector.
These are some of the first results achieved as part of the work developed in the CYCLALG project, which is funded by the 2014-2020 Operational Program for Territorial Cooperation Spain-France-Andorra (POCTEFA for its acronym in Spanish).
CYCLALG’s main goal is to develop and validate technological processes aimed at implementing the production of biodiesel through the cultivation of microalgae.
In addition to CENER and Neiker-Tecnalia (coordinator), the Tecnalia Foundation, AIN (Association of Navarre Industry), Apesa (Association pour l’Environnement et la Sécurite en Aquitaine) and CATAR-CRITT (Centre d ‘Application et de Transformation des AgroRessources’) are also part of the project consortium.
The last meeting of the partners took place on 18 and 19 July at the CENER headquarters in Sarriguren (Navarra) and was the third follow-up meeting of the project. During two days, in addition to sharing and jointly analyzing the results achieved, the attendees agreed on the necessary actions to move forward in the execution of the next planned activities.
The CYCLALG project: Biomass from microalgae cultivation
CYCLALG provides innovative solutions to advance the development of alternative sources of renewable energy, favoring the environmental and economic sustainability of the overall process of obtaining biodiesel from microalgae.
The innovative character of the project is based, on the one hand, on its approach to a microalgae biorefinery. In other words, “not only is it limited to its use as a productive energy system, but it also seeks to improve its sustainability, taking full advantage of biomass from algae, to obtain a broad spectrum of bioproducts that have commercial value in different economic sectors of the POCTEFA territory such as: chemical industry (polyols and adhesives), cosmetics, fertilizers, feed and others, ” CENER explains in a statement.
On the other hand, the innovative approach of the project is based on a circular economy model for the process, where the maximum efficiency of the resources used is sought with the goal of reaching the zero-waste paradigm, in an efficient and respectful way with the environment, they add.
CYCLALG will be developed over three years and has a budget of 1.4 million euro, of which 65% is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg V–A Spain-France-Andorra Program (POCTEFA 2014-2020). No. of agreement: EFA037/15.