Seaweed for Biofuels

Seaweed Anaerobic Digestion


Dr Alastair Sutherland, a senior lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University Department of Life Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded a Marie Curie International Exchange Fellowship (September 2011 - August 2013) to work with collaborators at the Centre of Marine Sciences, University of the Algarve, Gambelas Campus, Faro, Portugal.

There is an urgent need for research into alternative means of producing fuels to replace diminishing and polluting fossil fuels. One possibility is to use seaweed as a biomass which does not compete with food production. Since seaweed is a wet biomass, fermentation (and in particular anaerobic digestion for biomethane production) seems the most cost-effective means of producing biofuel from seaweed.

The overall aims of this 24 month project are to apply metagenomic methods and develop fermentation technologies to select and study an optimum microbial inoculum and define seaweed processing conditions (including detoxification) for the production of methane biofuel from the anaerobic digestion (AD) of seaweeds. In addition, the fractionation and characterisation of seaweed antimicrobials and other potential biopharmaceuticals released by bacterial enzymic hydrolysis will be assessed with a consideration as to their add-on value in AD of seaweed.

An FP7 Marie Curie Actions funded research project



Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)

Call: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IEF

Project No: 274373

Project Acronym: SEAWEED AD

Project Full Name: Anaerobic Digestion of Seaweed for Biofuels