The project includes the following beneficiaries:

Norsk Bioenergi Forening (NoBio)

NoBio, the Norsk Bioenergi Forening, is an independent association whose goal is to promote a rational utilization of bioenergy in Norway.

Since it was founded in 1985 it has worked to increase the use of bioenergy in exciting markets and introduce it in new sectors. NoBio has approximately 350 members of which 200 are companies of different sizes and 150 individual members. The members represent a broad range of enterprises producing and providing bioenergy, equipment and machinery for producing and converting biofuels, consultants and scientists. NoBio also have members from environmental and energy related organizations, and politicians with special interest of energy and environmental issues. NoBio also operate in a very useful International network, cooperating with the other Scandinavian bioenergy associations (SVEBIO, FINBIO and DANBIO) and other European bioenergy associations through the membership in AEBIOM.

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European Biomass Association (AEBIOM)

AEBIOM is a non profit Brussels based international organisation founded in 1990 whose mission is to promote the sustainable development of the Bioenergy sector at EU level. AEBIOM brings together 31 national associations and more than 70 companies from all over Europe, thus representing more than 4000 indirect members including companies, research centers and individuals.

The SMEs that are members of the AEBIOM, are all active in the bio-energy industry. They are companies that work with bio-heat, -electricity, -fuels and -gas. These companies have identified the need for a technology able to handle various types of pollution and wastes and convert them into value on a scale and with an user-friendliness that enable local associations of SMEs to make economical and practical use of it.

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British Trout Association (BTA)

The British Trout Association was set up in 1983 and represents in the region of 80% of trout production in the UK. It has over 100 members made up of trout farmers, feed suppliers and a number of aquacultural academics. The Association is entirely funded by trout farmers and feed suppliers and receives no direct funding from the Government.

The BTA plays a pivotal role in the continuing development of the industry on four fronts:

  • Ensuring that the UK trout industry has a reasonable legislative framework within which to operate
  • Maintaining a structured and relevant programme of research and development
  • Providing an appropriate level of generic promotion to underpin the marketing activities ongoing within the industry
  • By administrating the industry's quality assurance scheme

To ensure that the British trout industry maintains a high profile in Europe, the BTA has a seat on the European Union Aquaculture Working Group, the Federation of Aquaculture Producers and COPA/COGECA, which is the European grouping of farmer's unions and co-operatives.

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Sea Marconi Technologies di Vander Tumiattis a.s. (Sea Marconi)

Sea Marconi Technologies di Vander Tumiattiwas founded in 1968 and the company is mainly focused on providing technologies and services for the diagnosis, decontamination and detoxification of several matrices, mostly insulating oils from electrical equipment, contaminated by physical and chemical substances.

From 1999 Sea Marconi, along with other European partners and under the sponsorship of European Commission developed an innovative thermo-chemical process called Haloclean®, with the original aim to solve the problem of electronic wastes in an environmentally friendly and cost effective manner. At the same time Sea Marconi and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe started a set of activities to investigate other feasible applications for the Haloclean® technology. The most promising application is the treatment of biomass resources (primary biomasses and agricultural wastes) targeted to the production of fuels, to be used for joint power and heat generation. Sea Marconi is already able to build and deliver, on an industrial scale, plants for the pyrolysis of a wide range of biomass feedstocks. Sea Marconi is also involved in another research topic named Nanosponges (cyclodextrin-derived polymers for active molecule delivery)

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IngrePro BV (Ingrepro)

Ingrepro is a bio-tech company specialised in industrial large scale microalgae production. Since 2001 it has been actively involved in the development and exploitation of state-of-the-art Hybrid microalgae reactors for the production of taylor made microalgae. Ingrepro operates three large production sites in the Netherlands and is the largest industrial microalgae producer in Europe and unique in the world due to its in-depth knowledge of cultivating microalgae under extreme (stress) conditions in order to obtain Enriched Algal Biomass (EAB). For several major clients in the food and feed sector Ingrepro is producing client-specific EAB.

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Varicon Aqua Solutions Ltd (VAS)

Varicon Aqua Solutions was founded in 2004 and the business activities cover a diverse area encompassing aquaculture, fisheries, amenities and renewables. VAS provides products and services into each sector, ranging through provision of consultancy, project management, consumables and hardware. VAS is both a trader and a manufacturer. The core of the business is the design, manufacturing and installation of the BioFence tubular photo-bioreactor systems, with capability to provide bespoke systems including process control and data acquisition. These are exported worldwide and installed by VAS engineers, with currently over 50 systems operational across the globe in fish hatcheries, various universities, cosmetic producers, nutraceutical producers, power utilities researching carbon abatement, plant science groups developing optimised microalgal strains for the emerging microalgae bio-fuels market, etc. VAS is one of the world’s leading technology providers in the Algae PBR sector. VAS works closely with Academia and Industry to develop and improve know-how in the microalgae biomass sector.

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Value for Technology BVBA (VFT)

VFT is developing business opportunities for technologies related to bio-based products. To reach this target, VFT covers different business activities such as technology brokering, feasibility studies, partner matching, edition of market reports and marketing plans, market introduction of new products and coordination of research activities. VFT is unique in its activity by always combining technical, commercial and financial aspects in its recommendation and specialising on renewable resource-based topics. In doing so, VFT contributes to the development of the bio-based economy.

VFT is also partner in 2 European projects (Ecobinders, FP6 project, completed; VFT being part of the project coordination team) and Bioref-Integ (FP7 project, running; VFT being workpackage leader).

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Swansea University (SU)

Two research centres at Swansea University will co-work on the production of microalgae biomass and downstream bio-processing within the BioAlgaeSorb project.

A. Centre for Complex Fluids Processing (CCFP)

The CCFP has an international reputation in the field of biochemical engineering, membrane process and colloids engineering. It is a collaboration of 5 academic staff and associated postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers, with an annual budget of over £2 million. The Centre has state of the art equipment for the analysis of colloidal materials (Particle sizing, zeta potential and as series of AFM instruments), chemical analysis (HPLC and GC) and a range of biochemical reactors including membrane bioreactors with full support facilities (Cat 2 fermentation lab, 24h steam etc, microbiology and biochemistry labs). The group has wide experience in the assessment and treatment of waste materials from agriculture and industry including handling and processing fish manures. We have worked on the development and construction of pilot scale Bioreactors and MBR for fermentation and enzyme-based hydrolytic processes. The Centre has a range of membrane equipment that will be used on this project both to study hydrolysis and microbial transformations and purification of intracellular materials to the pilot scale.

B. Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research (CSAR) The CSAR is a state-of-the-art research facility, housing a team of researchers working on applied aspects of sustainable aquaculture development, funded via a combination of competitive research grants (eg, Research Councils UK; EU FP6, FP7) and commercial research contracts. The team’s activities are directed towards integrated aqua-farming techniques that make efficient use of natural raw materials, enable recycling of resources and having a low environmental impact. CSAR has been selected as an RTD partner in this project on the basis of expertise on the nutritional requirements and feed development for farmed aquatic species, which will be applied in WP5 (Novel Conversion Processes). The Centre comprises a series of controlled environment laboratories incorporating water recirculation technology, with programmable air and water temperatures; lighting (light intensity, photoperiod); salinity; pH and redox. These are designed for culturing a wide range of aquatic organisms, from temperate-to-tropical and freshwater-to-marine environments, at scales ranging from laboratory- to pilot commercial scale (rearing systems up to 60,000 L volume). Being located on the campus of a large university, the Centre has access to and applies a comprehensive range of laboratory analytical techniques, including electrophoresis, microarray screening, real-time PCR and automated DNA sequencing, mass spectroscopy, ICP spectroscopy, gas liquid chromatography, HPLC, LC/mass spectrometry, microcalorimetry, rheometry, photo correlation spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and laser defraction particle sizing.

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Teknologisk Institutt as

TI is a non-profit, privately founded RTD organisation that has grown from a governmental institute into a highly competent company. TI offers personnel with a high level of skills and expertise in a great number of areas, among others development of industry technological solutions and transferring new technology to SMEs and large companies in its fields of competence. TI's activities are divided into the following business areas: Materials Technology, Product Development and Production Technology, Environment and Safety, R&D EU programmes, Indoor Environment, Calibration, Certification and Training Services. TI's material laboratory is one of the leading laboratories in Norway, strongly supported by the specialists knowledge of employees and the modern range of equipment used for undertaking materials and product tests which covers most industrial requirements. All tests performed, from raw materials to final products are in accordance with national or international standards, and TI possess considerable expertise in developing individual test programs in accordance with customers’ requirements. As the Department for Product Development spans over a wide range of technology areas, TI is at all times involved in several Research for SMEs- and Research for SME Associations-projects. TI is not an IPR holding or exploiting business.

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University of Durham (UDUR)

The University of Durham, founded in 1832, has an excellent worldwide reputation. The University counts 15,000 students and employs over 3000 staff, and its academic teaching and research programmes are delivered through departments contained within three faculties: Arts and Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences and Health. University of Durham is one of the UK's leading research universities and has been successfully involved, both as partner and co-ordinator, in a large number of international and Framework Programme projects including cooperation projects in ICT, Energy, Health, Marie Curie ITNs and Fellowships, and Capacities projects such as Research Infrastructures. The Chemistry Department is uniquely equipped to deliver the project; access will be given to a level of infrastructure and equipment, commensurate with a 5*-rated department.

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