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Algae Biorefinery

  • 08 - 11 July 2024
  • Wageningen
  • Environmental (Bio)Technology
  • 0.9 ECTS

Algae, both microalgae and macroalgae, are considered promising
feedstock for a variety of applications: food, feed, chemicals, materials and
energy. The advantages of this feedstock is its flexibility in terms of
products and sustainability: high areal productivity in comparison to
terrestrial crops, lack of competition for land that is suitable for
agriculture, and their capacity to grow on seawater. To make algae a source of
bulk products, the cost price for production / cultivation needs to be reduced,
the scale of sourcing needs to be increased significantly and the biomass value
should be maximized.

To develop a more sustainable and economically feasible process, all biomass components (e.g. proteins, lipids, carbohydrates) should be used at minimal energy requirements and minimal costs while maintaining the functionality of the different biomass components. Biorefining of algae is thus very important for the selective separation and use of the functional biomass components.

This course is organized right after the “Microalgae Process Design: from cells to photobioreactors” summer school, also held at WUR. These courses together provide a comprehensive understanding of the entire microalgae process chain. When taking both courses we can offer a reduction in total course fee.

Target group

The course is aimed at PhD students, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, as well as professionals, that would like to acquire a thorough understanding of algal biorefinery. An MSc level in (bio)process technology, or alike, is recommended.