AlgoRaff Project: microalgae biorefinery for the development of bio-sourced products.
In the framework of the industrial project AlgoRaff, GEPEA laboratory and AlgoSolis R&D facility work in collaboration with AlgoSource Technologies for the development of an integrated biorefinery for the production of various bio-products from Spirulina. The originality of this project concerns the advanced and optimized valorization of Spirulina biomass in multiple products, considering that Spirulina is currently mainly used as a whole as a food supplement and on dry form.
GEPEA laboratory and AlgoSolis R&D facility will work on the setting of culture protocols for the optimization of biochemical composition of Spirulina grown in outdoor conditions (physiological forcing protocols). The produced biomass will be then converted in given final products through the development of biorefining processes which will be developed in strong collaboration with AlgoSource Technologies. The integrated process will be developed and optimized from lab scale (GEPEA) to pre-industrial scale (AlgoSolis) in order to assess the durability and the viability of the exploitation process.