Description

The main objectives of the ALGAESOLUTIONS project are a) to provide innovative solutions to common problems of algal producers by increasing the productivity, quality and market value of the biomass produced and b) develop five products with high commercial value: i) AllPhaeo+, a microalgal product enriched in fucoxanthin and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and ii) AllNanno+, a microalgal product enriched in the PUFA eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) aiming for the aquaculture feed sector; iii) AtlanticNori+, a macroalgal product enriched in phycobiliproteins and PUFA and iv) ConchoNori+, a macroalgal product enriched in mycosporine-like amino acids and phycobiliproteins, using the Porphyra microscopic stage with strong potential for the food market as well as application in the cosmetic industry; and v) CleanCulture, a kit for early detection of algal contaminants for algal producing companies. To attain these two objectives, ALGAESOLUTIONS will develop and provide the entrepreneurial partners of the project with two innovative technological tools: i) LEDsScale, a high-throughput algal scale-up system, which will decrease time and labour by 25% compared to traditional approaches; and ii) LEDsInduce, a high-value target metabolite induction system to be used as a finishing step during algal cultivation to increase pigment, PUFA or protein content in algal biomass by up to three-fold. These innovative products and solutions will have a high economic value, as they will increase revenue and decrease costs and risks inherent in industrial algal production. ALGAESOLUTIONS is the result of a pre-existing consortium composed of the collaborative laboratory GreenCoLab, University of Algarve, and two algal producers, ALGAplus and Allmicroalgae. In sum, ALGAESOLUTIONS will provide innovative solutions to current production constraints, as well as novel premium products with significantly higher market value.

The tasks and goals of ALGAESOLUTIONS are:

Provide innovative solutions to common problems of algal producers by increasing the productivity, quality and market value of the biomass produced.
Develop five products with high commercial value: i) AllPhaeo+, a microalgal product enriched in fucoxanthin and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and ii) AllNanno+, a microalgal product enriched in the PUFA eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) aiming for the aquaculture feed sector; iii) AtlanticNori+, a macroalgal product enriched in phycobiliproteins and PUFA and iv) ConchoNori+, a macroalgal product enriched in mycosporine-like amino acids and phycobiliproteins, using the Porphyra microscopic stage with strong potential for the food market as well as application in the cosmetic industry; and v) CleanCulture, a kit for early detection of algal contaminants for algal producing companies.

ALGAESOLUTIONS innovative technological tools:

LEDsScale, a high-throughput algal scale-up system, which will decrease time and labour by 25% compared to traditional approaches.
LEDsInduce, a high-value target metabolite induction system to be used as a finishing step during algal cultivation to increase pigment, PUFA or protein content in algal biomass by up to three-fold.

ACRONYM
ALGAESOLUTIONS
REFERENCE
Grant agreement ID: 17/SI/2019
PROGRAM/CALL
PT2020
STATUS
Active
START/END DATE
01/01/21 → 01/01/23
WEBSITE
www.algaesolutions.pt
TOTAL BUDGET
€ 949 613
COLAB BUDGET
€ 302 211
LEADER INSTITUTION
GreenCoLab – Associação Oceano Verde