Sunlight: Lipid-based, high value products and renewable energy from microalgae

01 February 2009 → 31 January 2013
Regional and community funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Environmental microorganism biotechnology
dietetics aquatic biology economy agrotechnology biotechnology renewable energy
Project description

Sunlight aims to create and to validate new biological resources and technologies for microalgae cultivation in outdoor closed photobioreactors. This project builds on recently acquired understanding of diatom life histories and molecular biology and expertise in the fields of microalgal production, lipid analysis and bioenergy production. In parallel, an economical analysis will identify the full future potential of diatom based products and technologies, in particular their pollution abatement potential, using an integrated economical life-cycle analysis.