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European partnership to unlock the potential bioenergy in Wales

Research into algae for biomass use in Wales received a major boost yesterday following a €14M (£12.3M) funding initiative to garner advice from experts from across north west Europe.

The four-year transnational Energetic Algae — or EnAlgae — project, led by Swansea University, is a strategic initiative funded by the European Commission-backed Interreg IVB North West Europe programme that aims to stimulate cooperation between member states. The project is also receiving £629,000 from the Targeted Match Fund through the Welsh Government, together with a range of co-sponsors.

It involves people from eight European Union member states; France, Belgium, UK, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, and aims to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources through the accelerated development and deployment of algal-based biomass and bioenergy technologies.

The project aims to influence European policies on algal biomass production, bioenergy and bioremediation technologies, and its researchers hope it will de-risk and accelerate commercialisation of the sector.

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