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RTD AND DEMOSTRATION ACTIVITIES

Fuel4me`s main goal is to demonstrate a sustainable, scalable process for biofuels from microalgae and to valorize the by-products by 2017. In order to achieve that, Fuel4me consortium will undertake the following activities:

1. To develop a continuous one-step process in which the lipid productivity in microalgae cultures is maximized and the lipid profile is optimized for the biofuel production. The consortium will perform fundamental research on genes, metabolism and biochemical aspects of lipids formation and bioprocess engineering to gain a deep insight into the complex cellular processes and so optimize the lipid productivity under different growth conditions.

2. To translate the developed one-step process to outdoor, thereby achieving a robust and reliable production process with short downtime, continuous year round lipid production under different climates and an oil production of constant quality. The consortium will perform fundamental research on genes, metabolism and biochemical aspects of lipids formation and bioprocess engineering to gain a deep insight into the complex cellular processes and so optimize the lipid productivity under different growth conditions.

3. To develop and integrate an innovative and continuous downstream process for conversion of microalgae into biofuels with consistent volume and quality, resulting into a technically feasible and sustainable process chain.

4. To demonstrate the capability of the optimised process at a pilot scale under representative industrial conditions in a pilot facility in Spain.

5. To assess the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the continuous production and conversion process developed by Fuel4me consortium.

6. To ensure the widest dissemination of projects results to public at large, stakeholders, industry, SMEs and public administrations to promote the use of microalgae as a source for biofuel.