Case study

InteSusAl Algae Biofuel FP7 Project

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(Demonstration of integrated and sustainable cultivation with biodiesel validation)

This The European co-funded project involved the design, build and operation of an algae production facility in Olhão, Portugal.


Outline & objectives

The InteSusAl project involved the production of algae by both heterotrophic and phototrophic routes, and demonstrated integration of these production technologies (Raceway, PhotoBioReactor and Fermentation).

The project selected algae species and cultivation technologies to attain algal oil with a suitable lipid profile for biodiesel production and validated this selection through conversion of extracted oil into biodiesel to meet standard specifications.

Environmental Impacts

Narec DE undertook a detailed ISO 14040/14044 compliant Life Cycle Assessment, comparing the environmental impacts of InteSusAl based algae biofuels against fossil fuel derived diesel

Project Consortium

In addition to Narec DE, the consortium includes:

  • Centre for Process Innovation (UK) provide enabling technology and IP related to low cost heterotrophic algal cultivation and experience in collaborative project management. CPI are the project coordinator
  • Necton (PT) have prior knowledge of microalgal phototrophic cultivation. The
  • demonstration aspects of the project will be located at their premises, in the Algarve region of Portugal
  • NIOZ (NL) provide expert knowledge on the optimum algae strain selection
  • DLO-FBR (NL) provide a wide ranging knowledge in the industrialisation of algae based processes and separation technology
  • European Renewable Energy Research Centres Agency (BE) will enable, through established mechanisms, widespread dissemination of the project results

Further information

Please check for information on all three projects within the Algae Cluster

InteSusAl was co-financed by the 7th  Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (G.A. 268164)

The support of the European Community is gratefully acknowledged.

Intesusal_algae biofuel project brochure

Portuguese Algae Biofuel Facility case study pdf