The main objective of the LIFE SUNALGAE project is to demonstrate a new, innovative algae material that can provide enhancements in the efficiency of silicon based and thin film solar panels.
This project is the first of its kind that extract and utilize the shell of an algae group called diatoms in larger scale in solar panel efficiency enhancing applications. These algae shells are made of silica and have a natural nanoporous structure that has been designed by million years of evolution for efficient light trapping to be able to secure the survival of these algae. SAFAB has refined the process of cultivation of diatoms and extraction of diatom´s silica shells. The material is produced in an environmentally friendly process where water is cleaned, valuable nutrients are recycled, carbon dioxide is absorbed and a valuable sustainable organic biomass is also produced.
The project aim to build up a larger pilot facility for production of this innovative algae material where SAFAB´s algae cultivation also is utilized to recycle nutrients from a land based fish farm. Material produced from the facility will tested for repeatable efficiency enhancement in solar panels.