GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative Macro-ALGal biorefinery

Work Packages

GENIALG is organised into eight Work Packages (WPs) that have been defined by all the members of the consortium in order to guarantee a logical flow of the work to be carried out.

Work Package 1 – Ethics requirements

Lead Partner
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Coordinator
Philippe Potin
Contact details
potin@sb-roscoff.fr

Objectives

  • To ensure compliance with the 'ethics requirements' set out in this work package.

Work Package 2 – Selection, breeding, germplasm and biobanking

Lead Partner
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Coordinator
Philippe Potin
Contact details
potin@sb-roscoff.fr

Objectives

  • To collect, genetically characterise and biobank wild strains and strains currently used for industrial production.
  • To Implement classical breeding strategies for strain improvement.
  • To integrate new genetic approaches into breeding programmes and exploitation of genomic resources.

Work Package 3 – Demonstration of large-scale seaweed farming

Lead Partner
Seaweed Energy Solutions (SES)
Coordinator
Frank Neumann
Contact details
neumann@seaweedenergysolutions.com

Objectives

  • To validate and optimise yield and chemical composition for geographic coverage area.
  • To validate existing means of biomass stabilisation and transport for large-scale production.
  • To develop mechanised cultivation/harvest devices for offshore farms and energy-efficient and mechanised pond cultivation system, including large-scale harvest demonstration.

Work Package 4 – Seaweed biorefinery prototype design and implementation

Lead Partner
University of York
Coordinator
Simon McQueen-Mason
Contact details
simon.mcqueenmason@york.ac.uk

Objectives

  • To find a technical pathway for the valorisation of the whole mass of the feedstock within its multiple compounds.
  • To develop a comprehensive inventory of the major components of potential commercial value present in Saccharina and Ulva biomass.
  • To develop new environmentally benign processes for the extraction and processing of existing commercial products, based on the use of enzymes and environmentally sustainable chemicals and solvents.
  • To assess a range of algal extracts and products for new industrial applications.
  • To develop and scale up integrated processes giving rise to a range of new and existing product ranges and to prepare at small scale (laboratory) selected purified components for chemical, biochemical, microbiological, and physical characterisation.

Work Package 5 – Market validation and life-cycle analysis

Lead Partner
Stichting Wageningen Research (DLO)
Coordinator
Sander van den Burg
Contact details
sander.vandenburg@wur.nl

Objectives

  • To assess if the algae-based products from biorefinery are ready for the market.
  • To identify key markets.
  • To check compliance of algae-based products to existing public and private standards, and existing patents.
  • To identify the environmental performance of algae-based products.
  • To confirm the technical efficiency and the economic value of the products in the applications.

Work Package 6 – Socio-environmental benefits of seaweed farming

Lead Partner
Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR)
Coordinator
Isabel Sousa Pinto
Contact details
ispinto@ciimar.up.pt

Objectives

  • To maximise socio-environmental benefits and social acceptance of seaweed farming.
Specific objectives are:
  • To assess and monitor the potential biotic and abiotic impacts of farms on surrounding ecosystems.
  • To model the carrying capacity of the seaweed farming sites, and assess the benefits of seaweed cultivation.
  • To act upon acquired knowledge to stimulate the social licensing process for seaweed aquaculture and develop best socio-economic-environmental management practices.

Work Package 7 – Dissemination, Stakeholder Engagement, Knowledge Transfer, Outreach Capacity Building

Lead Partner
AquaTT
Coordinator
Tanja Calis
Contact details
tanja@aquatt.ie

Objectives

  • To ensure effective external communication, dissemination, knowledge transfer, and promotion of GENIALG results and applications leading to optimal exploitation of its research outputs and products, through the use of a range of suitable communication and dissemination tools.
  • To promote the project activities and results beyond the consortium to the scientific community, industrial stakeholders and general public.
  • To capture key messages and outcomes for active knowledge transfer through training and communication tools.
  • To identify and ensure efficient exchanges with targeted stakeholder groups.
  • To address societal acceptability issues by carrying out targeted communication actions to policy makers and the general public.

Work Package 8 – Project Management

Lead Partner
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Coordinator
Philippe Potin
Contact details
potin@sb-roscoff.fr

Objectives

  • To manage the GENIALG project’s efficiency and productivity from administrative and technical point of view.
Specific Objectives:
  • To ensure efficient communication between partners and with European Commission.
  • To manage resource allocation and budget.
  • To ensure timely delivery of projects results and deliverables inside project constraints.
  • To support risk identification and conflict resolution.
Page updated: June 30, 2017