New article for the ALG AD project and associates

Members of the ALG AD project (website) and associates collaborated to compile this exciting review on the combination of Anaerobic Digestion and Algae Cultivation to create a circular economy. The paper has been rencently published in Bioresource Technology.

To read this article click here

Using microalgae in the circular economy to valorise anaerobic digestate: challenges and opportunities

Managing organic waste streams is a major challenge for the agricultural industry. Anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic wastes is a preferred option in the waste management hierarchy, as this process can generate renewable energy, reduce emissions from waste storage, and produce fertiliser material. However, Nitrate Vulnerable Zone legislation and seasonal restrictions can limit the use of digestate on agricultural land. In this paper we demonstrate the potential of cultivating microalgae on digestate as a feedstock, either directly after dilution, or indirectly from effluent remaining after biofertiliser extraction. Resultant microalgal biomass can then be used to produce livestock feed, biofuel or for higher value bio-products. The approach could mitigate for possible regional excesses, and substitute conventional high-impact products with bio-resources, enhancing sustainability within a circular economy. Recycling nutrients from digestate with algal technology is at an early stage. We present and discuss challenges and opportunities associated with developing this new technology.

PhD Fellowship between UK-France-The Netherlands

MixITiN ESR6 Position: Life in planktonic greenhouses [According to the EC rules this ESR should not have resided in the UK for 12+ months in the last 3 years]

PhD Fellowship between UK-France-The Netherlands

This is a great opportunity for a candidate interested in developing a suite of integrated skills to work in marine science. MixITiN ESR6 will work between Swansea University (UK) and Station Biologique de Roscoff (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie; France) to enhance our understanding of the ecophysiology of a specific group of mixotrophic plankton that maintain symbiotic microalgae growing within themselves. These organisms play an important role in ecology (including harmful algal blooms), and also as indicators eutrophication and of climate change.
Supervisory Team: Dr Aditee Mitra (UK; Primary Supervisor at host institution), Dr Fabrice Not (CNRS France), Dr Willem Stolte (Deltares, The Netherlands)

Closing date: 31/03/18

For further details and to apply to this position please visit:

New paper published on seaweeds

The Macobiocrude research team has recently published an open access paper on the Journal of Applied Phycology entitled: species variation in the effects of dewatering treatment on macroalgae.

The paper was co-authores by Dr Sara Barrento and  can be freely downloaded here

Launch of the new Swansea University-lead ALG-AD Project

Algae are being used to develop new technology to clean up waste. Scientists at Swansea University are leading on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution whereby excess waste nutrients produced from anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste are used to cultivate algal biomass for animal feed and other products of value.

For more information on this new exciting project follow this link

Building Industries at Sea: ‘Blue Growth’ and the New Maritime Economy


1en8vpf1wmmtujc36idaWe are happy to announce the publication of this new book – free access – Dr Sara Barrento contributed with two chapters on Aquaculture and Tourism. This is the result of the European project – MARIBE. Please download it, read it, share it, cite it!


New publication in Biology 2018, 7(1), 12;

We are proud to announce that one of our third year project students from last year, Ellie Mayhead,  has had their project work published:

“Comparing Nutrient Removal from Membrane Filtered and Unfiltered Domestic Wastewater Using Chlorella vulgaris” Elyssia Mayhead, Alla Silkina, Carole A. Llewellyn and Claudio Fuentes Grünewald

Survey and database, please have a look!

Have you brought or are you looking to bring a bio-based, biorefinery or biotechnology innovation process towards commercialisation? Then don’t forget to take part in our survey à

Pilots4U is compiling a database on bioeconomy pilot-scale equipment hosted at open access facilities across the EU. Are you a pilot plant owner? Then fill in your asset information in our database à

Integrating seaweed aquaculture to the third biggest port in the UK  

Dr Sara Barrento gave three oral presentations at the Aquaculture Europe 2017 Conference, which took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from the 17-20th October 2017. All presentations are available on slideshare.

  1. Barrento, S., Weston, K., Fernandes, F.,  Nuuttila, H. Integrating seaweed aquaculture to the third biggest port in the UK  
  2. Barrento, S., Whittaker, B., Stringwell, R., Howes, P., Pires, A., Jennings, B., Smith, R., Garcia de Leaniz, C. Training the next generation of aquaculture technologists in the era of climate change
  3. Barrento, S., Whittaker, B., Stringwell, R., Howes, P., Pires, A., Jennings, B., Smith, R., Garcia de Leaniz, C. Testing the low octane diet to keep lumpfish small

New project PILOTS4U is launched…

Project Website:

The launch of Pilots4U heralds a boost for the bioeconomy in Europe

The Pilots4U project was recently launched when the eight project partners came together in Ghent to discuss future action. Pilots4U is a European project funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The purposes of the project is to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructures across Europe, to help companies and research institutions operating in the bioeconomy gain easier access to testing facilities to bring their ideas from development to market.

The European bioeconomy sector is growing rapidly, as the knowledge of converting biological resources into value added products, such as biochemicals, bioplastics, biodetergents, food, feed medicines, pulp- and paper products, and bioenergy is gaining ground. The European Commission also sees the development of a thriving bioeconomy as central to achieving a resource-efficient and sustainable economy, as well as a way of responding to increasing populations,  depleting natural resources and climate change.

To reach its full potential, companies and institutions operating in the bioeconomy sector need support to develop their innovations into marketable products, which involves access to state-of-the-art-testing facilities that can scale-up their innovative processes from laboratory to industrial scale. Early collaboration with such a facility offering access to a wide range of process equipment and experienced personal can substantially reduce costs, risks and development time and will enhance the chance to successful market entry.

One of the main barriers in the development of the sector is that many companies and R&D performing organisations are not aware of or assume they do not have access to these state-of-the-art industrial pilot and demonstration plants. Hence, the Pilots4U project sets out to map all existing open access bio-economy pilot- and multipurpose demonstration facilities, including data on available equipment and personnel competences, with the aim of creating one easily accessible database for all actors operating in the European bioeconomy. In parallel, Pilots4U will survey potential users of open access facilities to understand their needs for equipment and expertise. Comparing the available assets with the needs expressed by industry will clarify the areas in which investment in infrastructure for innovation is required. By improving the overview and thereby, access to pilot and demonstration facilities, Pilots4U will promote innovation in the sector by assisting industry and R&D organisations in getting their innovations closer to market.

Project Coordinator, Lieve Hoflack, welcomed the establishment of the project saying: “Pilots4U aims to help SMEs, start-ups, and also large enterprises and research institutes to easily find an open access pilot facility that can bring their innovation to industrial scale. Pilot facilities play a vital role in bringing innovations to the market and open access facilities substantially lower the risk associated with taking this step mainly for SMEs and start-ups.  We expect Pilots4U to result in the empowerment of SMEs to commercialize their innovation themselves thus generation local jobs in Europe.”

This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nr. 745667.

For more information, please contact: Communication & Dissemination Lead, Ryan Titley, Strategic Planning Manager, ERRIN,, Mob: +32 (0)476 82 29 65

Project Website:


Swansea University (Pr Kevin Flynn, Dr Alla Silkina and Dr Claudio Fuentes Grunewald)

and others:




Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑