Swedish Algae Factory is honored to receive the highly selective EU LIFE grant. 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. SAFAB has refined the process of cultivation and extraction. 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 factory for production of this innovative algae material where the cultivation also recycles nutrients from a land based fish farm. Material produced from the facility will tested for repeatable efficiency enhancement in solar panels.
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The project was launched in in the summer 2018 and a project team and reference group were formed. Other main milestones included: assignment of subcontractors, launch of web site and initiation of tests on solar panels
Decision on process design and preparation for procurement. Preparation of required agreements and all permits in place. Other main milestones are related to communication of the project on notice boards and in the press.
Construction of the algae factory including greenhouse and processing. Connection of water pipes to nutrient rich water source.
PRODUCTION AND TESTING (2021)
Start-up of algae cultivation and extraction process. Optimization and testing of processes. Further verification of the optical properties for solar panel efficient enhancement in tests with producers of solar panels.
Continuous high-volume production of a high-quality material. Verification of uptake of nutrients and the potential use of the biomass from the algae. Wrap-up of the EU LIFE project including after LIFE plan.