A consortium of biotechnology experts has started to build a one-hectare pilot unit for the production of microalgae in Portugal in order to demonstrate an innovative integrated approach to microalgae biomass production in a sustainable manner.

The demonstration pilot is one of the milestones expected from the Integrated Sustainable Algae (InteSusAl) project in which Wageningen UR is involved. The project is aiming to optimise the production of algae for biodiesel by both heterotrophic and phototrophic routes.

It will demonstrate the integration of these technologies to achieve microalgae cultivation targets of 90-120 dry tonnes per hectare per year. The InteSusAl Consortium is composed of 6 partners from 4 European countries and the trials are expected to begin in October 2014.

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