BIOFAT is a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project that integrates the entire value chain of algae process from optimized growth, starch and oil accumulation, to downstream processing (biorefinery) including biofuel production . The BIOFAT approach integrates and scales up complementary technologies and skills from each partner into a global multidisciplinary project.
The value chain of biofuel production from microalgae will be tested on a large scale during the project with three main targets:
Sustainability is the key factor for biofuel from algae production, considering both environmental (e.g. use of marine strains to limit freshwater use) and economic (e.g. low energy consumption) sustainability.
The project will be implemented in two phases:
The technologies adopted in the pilot plant will be fully representative of the solutions that will characterize the DEMO facility.
The two pilots represent a strategic added value for the following industrial phase, and they will enable a full feasibility study of algae biofuels in EU. The 10 hectare plant aims to demonstrate how generating biofuels from algae technologies will work and show that the “microalgae production platform” can operate with positive economical balance through a biorefinery process where added value compounds are produced.
The BIOFAT consortium is characterized by a unique mix of skills that represent the actual state of the art in terms of knowledge and expertise in the field of microalgae production and applications, including biofuels. All partners have consolidated know-how in these fields, as they have worked on these topics for nearly two decades. The scientific and technological challenges will include: