- As the second reporting period finished on 31 December 2014, preparation for the second periodic report and final report is a key task in these months.
- ATEKNEA participates at the XXII. Nemzetközi Energia Innovációs Fórum held on 25-27 February 2015 in Visegrád, Hungary and presents an oral presentation on the ALGADISK project.
- The ALGADISK periodic report of reporting period 2 (1 April 2013 – 31 December 2014) and the final report was submitted on 27 February 2015.
- BAYBIO presented a poster about the research done at the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor at the 1st EABA and EC Algae Contractors’ Conference and 8th International Algae Congress, held in Florence, Italy on 1-3 December 2014.
- The Final meeting of the Algadisk project was held in Budapest, Hungary on 9-11 December 2014. The last meeting offered the possibility to evaluate the ﬁnal results of the ﬁeld tests and made ﬁnal decisions of the post-project phase.
- WU prepared a manuscript on the validation of the light limited growth model for Chlorella sorokiniana.
- A possible alternative to the prototype disk material was researched and suggested by CRAN.
- The deliverable D6.2 – Report on software modifications (beta version) validation and performance
was prepared by ATEKNEA in WP6, the deliverable D7.1 – Report on the performance of ALGADISK reactor was prepared by WU in WP7, the deliverable D8.3 – Report on SME-AG’s members training and „trainers training” courses was prepared by EUBIA in WP8, D9.5 – Videoclip about the project result was prepared by all partners in WP9. The final versions were submitted on 19 December 2014.
- The ALGADISK project finishes on 31 December 2014.
- BAYBIO participated at an event dedicated to promote scientific life for high school students. On this day, the algal research was also presented including ALGADISK project.
- WU processed the ALGADISK reactor field test results and prepared the draft versoin of performance report of the Algadisk pilot field test.
- Different algae species were characterized by CRAN to see any correlation in the preference of substrate selection for biofilm formation.
- A discussion was organised within the consortium via Skype on technical options for further development of the Algadisk and biofilm-based microalgae production systems in general.
- ATEKNEA and BAYBIO participates at the Algacentrum Opening Day held on 30 October 2014 in Makó, Hungary and ATEKNEA presents an oral presentation on the ALGADISK project.
- ATEKNEA participates at the International Automation Congress 2014 held on 29-31 October 2014 in Budapest, Hungary and presents an oral presentation on the ALGADISK project. An article is also published in the conference proceedings.
- WU and ATEKNEA prepared the protocols on stopping the ALGADISK reactor and how to prepare it for the winter storage.
- CRAN began testing marine algal species with the coatings developed.
- The ALGADISK reactor was stopped on 30 October 2014 by BFC according to the stopping protocol and the necessary winter preparations were also done.
- Laboratory scale experiments with Algadisk system were summarized by BAYBIO and conclusion was drawn considering the optimal growth parameters for an alga species and the regularity of harvest. Details are explained in deliverable D2.4 – Report on the optimal yield for selected algae species in model reactor.
- The M33 ALGADISK general meeting was held on 23-24 September 2014 in Almazán (Soria), Spain, hosted by BFC. A live prototype demonstration and training on algae was also part of the training: Light, photosynthesis and growth biomass yield on light, nutrient requirements, photobioreactors and productivity.
- The deliverable D2.4 – Report on the optimal yield for selected algae species in model reactor was submitted on 30 September 2014.
- Final steps of laboratory scaled experiments were done in order to understand the mechanism of cell adhesion to surfaces and biofilm formation at BAYBIO.
- The deliverable D5.2 – Functional prototype was prepared by ATEKNEA and WU in WP5, the deliverable D6.1 – Functional alpha version of prediction and design software was prepared by ATEKNEA and WU in WP6 and the deliverable D8.2 – ALGADISK tutorial was prepared by RTD partners with the input of all partners in WP8. The final versions were submitted on 29 August 2014.
- A two-minute-long video clip has been prepared on ALGADISK, it can be seen here.
- BAYBIO hold a one-day training for OTEC and UTECH on 9 July 2014 about operating the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor and cultivation of microalgae for inoculation.
- As a following activity of the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, RTDs prepared a paper for the proceedings of this event, introducing the concept of ALGADISK project, describing the main work tasks and results obtained in laboratory and field tests. Article can be reached under the following link: http://www.etaflorence.it/proceedings/
- ATEKNEA hold a one-on-one training for ALGEN on the control system and control software of the ALGADISK pilot on 11 July 2014.
- The algae growth was continuous on the disks of the ALGADISK reactor, algae was harvested twice in this month following a bi-weekly harvesting method.
- The first results of the pilot plant were summarised and shared within the consortium.
- The final step of the coating procedure which include UV light exposure was tested by CRAN for optimum exposure time in the lab. The method includes measuring the surface energy after certain intervals of UV exposure.
- WU participates at the AlgaePARC open workshop held on 5 June 2014 in Wageningen, the Netherlands and presents a poster about the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor. Furthermore the first manuscript containing the laboratory scale Algadisk experiments is published, entitled: “Biofilm growth of Chlorella sorokiniana in a rotating biological contactor based photobioreactor” (DOI: 10.1002/bit.25301): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bit.25301
- EUBIA participates at the Algae Event of the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition held on 25 June 2014 in Hamburg, Germany and presents an oral presentation on the ALGADISK prototype installation. Furthermore the ALGADISK poster and leaflets were disseminated at the EUBIA stand. Report on the Algae Event in Hamburg.
- The M30 ALGADISK technical meeting was held on 25 June 2014 in IZTEKGEB Technology Park in Urla, Izmir, Turkey, hosted by CAG.
- The deliverable D1.3 – Update on the demand and pricing of alga biomass products was prepared by OTEC, UTECH, ATEKNEA, BAYBIO and CRAN with the input of all partners in WP3, the deliverable D3.4 – Description of coating procedure (material synthesis and impregnation details) was prepared by CRAN in WP3, the deliverable D9.3 – An IPR Protection Report was prepared by OTEC and CESFAC with the revision of AGs/Other enterprises and end-users, ATEKNEA in WP9. The final versions were submitted on 30 June 2014.
- In order to examine the effect of disk materials and coatings, 4 types of disk with coatings are tested at BAYBIO in a laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor. Disks were prepared by CRAN using special techniques for making their surface rough and applied polyelectrolytes as coatings.
- The installation and field test of the ALGADISK prototype took place from 5 till 23 May 2014 at BFC biogas plant in Almazan, Spain.
First CRAN prepared the surface of the disks and ATEKNEA set up the prototype at BFC site, then WU and BAYBIO started the algae growth: the pilot Algadisk reactor was inoculated with Chlorella Sorokiniana cultivated in flat panel reactors at AlgaeParc by WU.
BAYBIO trained the technicians of the biogas plant to operate the ALGADISK reactor.
- After carrying out the coating procedure in Almazan, Spain, the final method was devised by CRAN and is to be detailed in the D3.4 deliverable along with material synthesis and impregnation details.
- A visit of Sofie Alert (Swedish Algae Company) took place in ATEKNEA on 31 March 2014 to formulate the cooperation between the ALGADISK consortium and them.
- The M27 general meeting took place on 1-2 April 2014 in Budapest, Hungary, hosted by OTEC.
- The ALGADISK prototype was constructed by ATEKNEA and after testing it was transported to BFC to Almazan, Spain. Necessary preparatory works have been done at BFC like concrete foundation, electric installation and establishing ethernet connection for the prototype.
- WU sent the gas cooler and the needed nutrients to Almazan.
- The installation and field test of the ALGADISK prototype is scheduled from 5 till 23 May 2014 at BFC biogas plant in Almazan, Spain.
- Experiments – in which outdoor light regimes are simulated – were performed by WU in the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor. With this data the light limited growth model for Chlorella Sorokiniana can be validated.
- Different growth conditions were tested in the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor at BAYBIO, in order to compare the biofilm formation ability and production of several algae.
- Further preparation for the prototype installation was carried out at CRAN as well as selecting an appropriate portable UV light exposure unit to be used in Almazan, Spain.
- WU participated at the Alg’n’chem Conference held from 31 March till 3 April 2014 in Montpellier, France and presented a poster about the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor.
- WU participated at the Young Algaeneers Symposium 2014 (YAS2014) as well held on 3-5 April 2014 in Narbonne, France and presented an oral presentation about the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor.
- The coatings concentration and number of layers was tested by CRAN and selected for the prototype construction. The method of coating was tested finally on a larger scale in the laboratory and all equipment and materials needed for large scale production in Almazan, Spain (place of prototype installation and field test) was ordered.
- WU is extending its biofilm growth model and is validating the model predictions with laboratory experiments in a down-scaled Algadisk system. The work of this month, as well as that of the following 3 months, is directed to predict biofilm growth under simulated daily irradiance patterns.
- The prototype construction and control system preparation (ATEKNEA) is according to the work plan.
- The deliverable of D5.1 – Report on system integration design and control system design was prepared by ATEKNEA in WP5 and D8.1 – Training plan report was prepared by EUBIA with the input of all partners in WP8. The final versions were submitted on 28 and 31 March 2014.
- BFC participated and presented at the Sustainable biogas production conference held on 7 March 2014 in Silleda, Galicia, Spain.
- BAYBIO participated at the Young Biotechnologist National Conference held on 7 March 2014 in Szeged, Hungary and presented a poster about the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor.
- BAYBIO was invited to hold a presentation on the ALGADISK project and results at the XI. International Exhibition and Conference for Energy, 20-22 February 2014, Debrecen, Hungary.
- A new run of lipid accumulation test is started in the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor at BAYBIO to reduce the time needed for initial biofilm formation and lipid production.
- An airbrush gun was selected by CRAN after testing for use in the production of the pilot coated disks. A paper based on the coating was sent to the consortium for approval in the hopes of a future publication.
- The deliverable D4.5 – Report on supporting energy system was prepared by WU in WP4, the final version was submitted on 28 February.
- Bioprocess Engineering of Wageningen University submitted a scientific manuscript on the productivity of the Algadisk system summarizing first year experiments; experiments in which a photosynthetic efficiency of 0.9 g dry biomass per mol PAR photons was reached.
- The airbrushing system selected is further tested by CRAN for its use in large scale production as well as exploring non-laboratory based methods to test the characterization of the coating on the prototype disks on site.
- The M24 general meeting took place on 27-28 January 2014 in Madrid, Spain, hosted by Fundacion CESFAC.
- BAYBIO analyzed the produced biomass of lipid accumulation of ALGADISK and open tank systems after 2 months of incubation. Amount of lipid in biomass and its composition were determined with GC-MS measurements. Due to the nitrogen limitation, lipid concentration increased from about 2-5% to 7-10% in both cases.
- Test of Algadisk productivity in the laboratory in a fully closed system was performed by WU. Based on online measurement of oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange Algadisk productivity could be continuously monitored. Similar to previous work in an open system a productivity of 17 g/m2/d was reached based on the total disk area.
- Investigating airbrushing vs dip coating was continued by CRAN. The effect of UV light on the coating and whether it facilitates in the curing process of the coating is currently being investigated. Flow cell apparatus is also currently being set up for a more accurate method of determining attachment rate of algae onto our coated surfaces vs uncoated surfaces.
- BAYBIO set up an open tank reactor in order to compare lipid accumulation in suspended and biofilm reactors. Same growth parameters are applied as in the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor for a better comparison.
- The productivity of the Algadisk outdoor prototype was estimated by WU for central Spain based on dedicated calculations. This estimated productivity was used to estimate the required flows for carbon dioxide and nutrients, and to estimate the cooling requirement in summer. These numbers will be used in the final design of the prototype.
- A new airbrush for coating application was tested by CRAN and compared to the previous one via ESEM images. Different airbrushing techniques were also investigated as well as optimum layer number. Characterisation and growth studies were conducted.
- Lipid accumulation studies are going on in the laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor at BAYBIO using nitrogen limitation as the main stress factor. Outdoor ALGADISK reactor has been stopped, due to weather conditions.
- BFC made a presentation on ALGADISK project at the Financial instruments for the food industry workshop held on 27 November 2013 in Santiago de Compostella, Spain.
- AlgEn participated and presented at the 14th International Conference SLOBIOM 2013 held on 21-22 November 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- The software specification of the prediction software has been updated and sent to consortium for comments and discussion. RTD partners are planning the training plan.
- CRAN took part and disseminated the ALGADISK flyer at the conference held on 10 October 2013 in Szeged, Hungary, titled biomethane and digestate, two useful products from biogas plants – Domestic and international trends.
- At BAYBIO the first harvesting occured in outdoor ALGADISK laboratory scaled reactor, the reactor is still running.
- The new airbrush gun was used by CRAN to improve coverage and experimentation with different layers was tested. Characterization of the surfaces produced will be carried out via ESEM. These surfaces were also tested on both algae strains for a period of 8 days. A demo video on how to make the coatings and deposit it onto the surfaces is currently in production as well as a report detailing the method. The method will be suitable for large scale production.
- ATEKNEA and WU continues the planning of the supporting energy system and the work of the prototype construction.
- The M21 technical meeting took place on 4 September in Cranfield, UK, hosted by Cranfield University. ATEKNEA gave a summary about the BFC sites which was visited in August, showed the possible installation places and presented the mechanical design of the ALGADISK prototype. BAYBIO, CRAN and WU gave a presentation on their ongoing tasks: optimization of algae growth condition, optimization of surface coating for different algae production and experiments on laboratory scale reactor. RTD partners had a discussion on the prediction software concept and the possible key novelties and patenting, training plan and dissemination. At the end of the meeting a 30-minute long summary was given for SME-AG and SME partners via Skype.
- The outdoor ALGADISK reactor at BAYBIO is still running and needs to adapt to lower light and temperature levels. Also, first harvesting occured in indoor laboratory scaled ALGADISK reactor, after stressing the system in order to enhance lipid production.
- New surfaces such as the Etched grid and polypropylene mesh surfaces were tested further by CRAN. A new airbrush gun was introduced and tested. All surfaces were tested again for contact angle and surface energy with CRAN’s new goniometer equipment. Zeta potential of the coatings themselves was tested. Both these results will therefore be included in the draft manuscript currently being written.
- The deliverable D3.3 Report on the preparation and impregnation method of coating material for algae was prepared by CRAN in WP3 and the deliverable D4.4 Mechanical engineering design was prepared by ATEKNEA with the supervision of OTEC in WP4, the final version of the deliverables was submitted on 30 September.
- At the beginning of August MFKK visited the two BFC biogas plants in Spain (Tineo and Almazan) to check if the mechanical and electrical requirements of the Algadisk prototype are fulfilled at the sites. Based on their experience, one of the sites will be chosen where the ALGADISK prototype will be installed.
- BAYBIO has started an outdoor experiment with a laboratory scale ALGADISK reactor, in order to see how the weather conditions (temperature, light) influence the biofilm production of microalgae.
- Surface roughness of surfaces was characterized by CRAN using the Dektak surface profiler and then tested with algae strains #34 and C.Sorokiniana. Air brushing vs dip coating was investigated and characterization results showed uneven coverage with airbrushing.
- Legal name of MFKK has been changed to ATEKNEA Hungary Solutions Kft.
- In BayBio two laboratory scale ALGADISK reactors are continously running with our isolated alga strain and Haematococcus pluvialis.
- CRAN continues the growth studies as well as looking for the optimal conditions for the coatings. This includes pH and temperature, optimum degree of surface roughness and more work looking into the number of layers used. Coated etched disks as well as coated polymer mesh has been prepared for testing at BAYBIO. Here an airbrush coating system was used instead of manual dip coating.
- MFKK prepared the ALGADISK prediction software specification (WP6) based on the discussion at the last general meeting in May and the Skype discussion of RTD partners on 24 June.
- CESFAC, BayBio and CRAN participated and presented at the Algae Event held on 5 June 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark, hosted by the 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.
- BayBio presented a poster at the 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels & Bioproducts held in Toronto, Canada on 16-19 June 2013. Presentation and poster is available under Documents menupoint.
- BayBio participated and presented a poster at the Ninth Edition of the Conference “Environmental Science in the Carpathian Basin” held on 13-15 June 2013 in Miskolc, Hungary.
- The consortium has started the data collection for the prediction software (WP6) in June and continues it till September. The customer/user needs, the required inputs and outputs will be also defined as the baseline of the prediction software work.
- The mechanical design of the ALGADISK prototype is ongoing and will be finished till September.
- The next technical meeting will be held on 4 September 2013 at Cranfield University, UK where the mechanical design of the prototype and the novelties of the ALGADISK system will be discussed, preparation for this meeting has been started.
- MFKK, BAYBIO and WU continues further the microalgae biofilm growth with the selected algae species in laboratory scale reactor and additional harvests took place. A number of tests on algae growth were made in different conditions in order to optimise the algae biofilm growth condition.
- The M18 general meeting was held on 23 May in Brussels, key issues: results already achieved in each work package, discussion on data collection of the prediction software, system integration and pilot plant set-up requirements, supporting energy system and accessories, harvesting training.
- The review meeting was held on 24 May in Brussels in the premises of REA.
- The final Periodic Report 1 was submitted towards REA on time.
- As the first reporting period finished on 31 March 2013, preparation for the first periodic report is a key task in this month. The draft technical report was submitted on 30 April.
- MFKK, BAYBIO and WU continues the microalgae biofilm growth with the selected algae species in the laboratory scale reactor and several harvests took place.
- Surface characterization was undergone via ESEM, AFM and contact angle measurements of surfaces after harvesting of algae by CRAN. Continuation of growth studies and etched surfaces were introduced. Strain #34 was also tested with surfaces and compared to C.sorokiniana
- Petra Sebestyén from BayBio spends 3 months starting from April at WU to conduct a research on modelling biofilm conditions to understand better the metabolic mechanisms.
- The M15 technical meeting was held on 5 March in Budapest, Hungary hosted by MFKK.
- The preparation for the first reporting was continued at the meeting and recent issues, e.g. harvesting, installation requirements, supporting energy system were discussed. MFKK demonstrated the harvesting on the laboratory scale reactor.
- BAYBIO made a comparison to not biofilm algae growth techniques.
- The deliverable D4.3 – Description of the automatic harvesting system was prepared by WU and MFKK in WP4, the deliverable D2.3 – Report on the growing condition, surface coating for algae species was prepared by BAYBIO in WP2, the deliverable D9.2 – Interim Plan for the Use and Dissemination of Foreground was prepared by the cooperation of all partners in WP9.
- Algae growth started in the laboratory scale reactor of MFKK. Several harvesting tests were done on the laboratory scale reactor in MFKK and WU. BAYBIO also installed their laboratory scale reactor to grow algae.
- The M12 general meeting was held on 10-11 January in Ljubljana, Slovenia hosted by ALGEN.
- The preparation for the first reporting has started at the meeting and recent questions, issues were discussed on the upcoming deliverables.
- The deliverable D4.2 – Report on sensing and control system was prepared by WU and MFKK in WP4 and was submitted.
- The laboratory scale reactor is constructed to test the control system and the harvesting options.
- CRAN attended the 6th International Algae Congress on 4-5 December in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Zsuzsanna Libor gave a presentation on Algadisk project in Session 3: EU & Global projects.
- The 4th issue of the project Newsletter was issued. It can be found under the Public/Newsletters folder under Documents tab.
- Preparations started for the Algae Event at the 21th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (Copenhagen, Denmark, 3-7 June 2013), the algae event will be held on 5 June and it is organised by EUBIA. The Algadisk project will also be presented at the event.
- WU and MFKK prepares the recommendation for the design of the sensing and control system.
- On 29 November a teleconference was held within the consortium as a pre-discussion for the M12 general meeting.
- CAG attended the AreGE2 research and technology days in Turkey at Ege University Cultural Center held on 28-30 November organized by Ege University and distributed the ALGADISK project leaflet. The event aimed to meet researchers, entrepreneurs, academicians and industry to support industry in following the latest research projects and provide face to face meetings. 200 projects were presented at the event.
Three technical deliverables were prepared and submitted:
- D2.2 – Report on the algae growth studies by BAYBIO (WP2)
- D3.2 – Report on the surface coating material characterization by CRAN (WP3)
- D4.1 – Report on the energy balance and sustainability calculation by MFKK (WP4).
- AlgEn took part in the Algae Europe 2012 conference and presented the project on 7 September. Furthermore, the project leaflet was circulated.
- On 7 September a teleconference was held within the RTD partners as a pre-discussion for the M9 technical meeting.
- The M9 technical meeting took place on 27-28 September in Szeged, Hungary, hosted by BAYBIO.
- MFKK represented the project at Farmer Expo, Hungary and the project leaflet was distributed in Hungarian.
- CAGLAR further strengthed the online appereance of the project via LinkedIn.
- CESFAC circulated the second issue of the ALGADISK Newsletter.
- WU represented the project at the 1st International Symposium about Microalgae Biotechnology for Young Researchers and visited CIECEM in Spain.
- Deliverable D3.1 Report on the surface coating material was prepared by CRAN (WP3) and submitted.
- EUBIA and MFKK attended the European Biomass Conference and Expo in Milan, Italy on 18-22 June 2012. Dr. Attila Wootsch held a presentation in the biomass section (1CV.3.27.) about the project. Project poster and flyer were distributed to the attendees of the event. RTDs prepared a paper for the proceedings of this event, introducing the concept of ALGADISK project, describing the main work and tasks. The article can be reached under the following link: http://www.etaflorence.it/proceedings/
- M6 general meeting was hosted on 25-26 June by the Coordinator in Madrid, Spain.
- Deliverable D1.2 Report on the technical specifications of the ALGADISK system was prepared and submitted (WP1).
- CESFAC published an article about the project in their magazine, Mundo CESFAC (May 2012, issue 16, pages 18-20). View as PDF.
- The first Technical Meeting took place on 19-20 April in Wageningen at the premises of Wageningen University where the RTD performers and the participating SMEs had a visit at the AlgaPark of the university.
- The first issue of the ALGADISK Newsletter was released and distributed by the Coordinator. The newsletter can be downloaded under Documents tab.
- D1.1 Report on the demand and pricing of alga biomass products (WP1) and D2.1 Report on the selected alga species for research purposes (WP2) deliverables were completed by the leadership of the Coordinator and BAYBIO.
- On 12 March a phone conference was held within the consortium as a pre-discussion for the first technical meeting. Research work is in progress to support the decisions must be taken at the meeting.
- WU has already started to organize the first technical meeting.
- RTDs are working on the algae selection and development with the support of BAYBIO and WU.
- The market survey is still in use and responses are being collected.
- D9.1 deliverable – Construction of a website portal to be updated until the end of the project – was submitted.
- The Consortium Agreement as Deliverable 10.1 was concluded and submitted toward the Research Executive Agency.
- The technical work also started by the research partners.
- The market survey is finalized and transleted to several languages. The market survey is launched to a huge number of SMEs with the relevant background. Contacts were collected into a database.
- Organising the 1st Consortium Meeting was the main task for January.
- The meeting was held on 26-27 January in Budapest, Hungary hosted by MFKK.
- The Consortium members has already started the work with the necessary documentation and the composition of the project survey.
- The Grant Agreement has been signed by the Research Executive Agency and the Coordinator.
- The official start date of the project is determined as 01.01.2012.