MicroAlgae 4.0 – Microalgae cultivation in a WRRF scheme to improve circularity and risk-based assurance in wastewater treatment using digital tools

MicroAlgae 4.0 is a research and career development project that aims to develop a biorefinery scheme based on microalgae cultivation biotechnology to maximise reclaimed water production and nutrient recovery from wastewater, produce by-products from microalgae biomass, and to minimise environmental pollution.

To this aim, MicroAlgae 4.0 will focus on overcoming the barriers that hinder the wide implementation of microalgae-based systems by improving the performance and reliability of the process, developing innovative digital tools that monitor and automate the system, and assuring the safety of the by-products obtained.

MicroAlgae 4.0 follows some principles recognised in the European Green Deal, specifically: i) Circular Economy (CE) principles; ii) safety in reclaimed water and nutrient management; iii) digitalisation; iv) water-energy-food-ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus approach; and v) the zero-pollution ambition.

Project coordinator

  • Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM), Italy

Project Partner

  • Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain