MERIT project is introduced to the public
A campus TV team visited the department for Algae Biotechnology & Bioenergy of Bielefeld University to report about the MERIT project. The film clip is now available online.
In the movie, our Partners from Bielefeld present the project, explaining the key concepts and introducing our pilot and outdoor facilities at AlgaePARC.
GM organisms tested @ AlgaePARC
In June 2020, AlgaePARC became one of the few Research Pilot facilities in Europe to have permits to grow GM microorganisms in pilot scale photobioreactors. The permits were granted by the Dutch Authorities after successfully demonstrating the safety of production in our greenhouses in Wageningen University. This will allow us to run trials from 20 to 1500 litres using natural or artificial light; all of this done under controlled conditions. This next step gives us and our partners the ideal place to test our newly developed strains. Do you want to know more? Are you interested in collaboration? please contact us!
New lab + Pilot facilities AlgaePARC Bonaire
Bioprocess Engineering (BPE) Group of Wageningen University inaugurated a new space for Science and Innovation in the Caribbean. AlgaePARC Bonaire came to stand thanks to the collaboration with our partners Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire (OLB) and Water en Energie Bedrijf Bonaire (WEB). On the 11th of March, Professor René Wijffels and his team welcomed local authorities and the Press to celebrate the starting of research activities on the Island.
Our Lab+Pilot received financial support from the NWO (Caribbean Program), OCTA(EU), Wageningen University, WEB, and OLB. We built this space under the umbrella of the AlgaePARC Research Program to showcase the feasibility of cheaper and more sustainable microalgae production systems; which are now being tested on the island using local species. Besides developing technology, AlgaePARC Bonaire wants to showcase the production of microalgae using local resources and independent from the grid. However, we have bigger plans for this initiative and want to make a call to action: our long-term ambition is to be a Hub for Innovation and Education in the region; a place to integrate different disciplines and where people can learn and teach each other. We would like to invite Research Groups inside WU to contact us if they are interested in becoming users of this space, or if they want to start partnerships with us.
Course announcement: Microalgae Process Design
This course provides the essential skills for designing optimal microalgae-based production processes, for both research and commercial purposes.
The course is aimed at PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, professionals from academy and industry, who would like to acquire a thorough understanding of microalgal metabolism and photobioreactor design and operation.
For more info, check the pdf attached or use the link below:
On November 22, Dr. Iago Teles presented the results of our algaePARC Bonaire project. Present during the event there were more than 50 participants from different Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT’s). I was a great opportunity to create a network of different territories and to see how we could cooperate together.
We also shared our latest video, where you can find the last updates and a description of the project.
AlgaePARC educates professionals for microalgae-based production processes. Students learn to describe microalgal metabolism, to apply basic design principles for photobioreactors and to cultivate microalgaeMovie Education
Results of AlgaePARC
View AlgaePARC’s results over the last 5 years. Which specific results, e.g. on biorefinery of microalgae, did we achieve? How cost-effective are microalgae for different types of products – such as food and feed, chemicals, materials and fuels – right now?Movie AlgaePARC Results
Outlook on microalgal chains of AlgaePARC, Wageningen UR.Download pdf
At AlgaePARC we aim at innovation and fostering implementation of a sustainable feedstock in a biobased economy context.
Innovation a implementation needs to be communicated and understood by our society and policy makers.