Largest microalgae farm in European now under construction

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EU funded project is being built in Spain.

A project called SABANA which aims to develop a large-scale integrated microalgae-based biorefinery is afoot. The site at the University of Almeria, Spain, will produce biostimulants, biopesticides, and feed additives, in addition to biofertilizers and aquafeed, using only marine water and nutrients from wastewater. The DEMO1 facility which will be the largest new microalgae farm in Europe.

The objective is to achieve a zero-waste process at a demonstration scales up to 5 ha sustainable both environmentally and economically, the press release said.

Researchers developed a biomass processing method that now is applied by partner companies as Biorizon Biotech.

Biorizon Biotech Director David Iglesias said: “We are now immersed in the construction of the farm that we started last year and face the final part of that construction. We are eager to move forward, to start as soon as possible and begin to produce what our European partners are already demanding us which are those new strains of microalgae that we have already been studying since the last two and a half years”.

SABANA project, which is led by the University of Almería, have partners from several European countries. The project was boosted thanks to a EUR 12 million investment from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation fund.

Salmon feed companies are calling for new types of feed. Skretting wrote back in 2018 that they had found a solution to the world shortage of omega 3-rich fish oil by agreeing on industrial production of algae oil.

SalmonBusiness has contacted Biorizon Biotech to find out when the construction is expected to be complete.