24 04 2020

ALG-AD in the time of coronavirus

The ALG-AD project, like most across Europe, has been forced to shut down the majority of our facilities – and so, for now, much of our biomass production and lab work has stopped.

Despite these challenging times, the ALG-AD project team are continuing to focus on those aspects of our work which can continue- and, in fact, the shutdown has given the team a great opportunity to focus on data analysis and write up from the successful operations so far.

As well as going back over the data already collected, the team are also refining the lifecycle analysis and techno-economic assessments, and further developing the decision support toolset for the AD stakeholders interested in ALG-AD technology.

“Whilst face to face activity has stopped, there is much that we can still do” said project manager, Louise Hall. ”Partners are still working hard, for example developing plans for a demonstration site at the Derval experimental farm in Brittany, and working on a regulatory review, which will enable us to make recommendations to policy makers and stakeholders around this complex area”

The team is also working on plans for a first virtual open day for Langage AD, anticipated for late June.

As Dr. Alla Silkina, the research officer leading on the open day explained  “Although we cannot predict when we will be able to re-open the pilot at Langage, we still will be able to share our knowledge on how to use digestate to grow microalgae. We look forward to welcoming stakeholders to what we hope will be an informative and interesting event!”

To register interest, please contact a.silkina@swansea.ac.uk or l.t.hall@swansea.ac.uk