Denmark is generally well-advanced in biomass technologies, but one biomass resource with interesting potential – algae – has not received very much attention in terms of fundamental research. Until now that is. At Grenaa harbour on the east coast of Jutland, an algae cultivation facility has been established by a newly formed consortium, AlgeCenter Danmark.
The news is announced on the website of one of the four partners in the consortium, the National Environment Research Institute allied to Aarhus University. Interested parties from the private sector will also collaborate in steering the academic research so that it can help drive economic growth and development.
One of the first projects that will be undertaken will be to explore the production of biogas from algae. Backed by DKK 2.3m (USD 440,000) in funding from the Mid-Jutland Region Growth Forum, the consortium is teaming up with leading Danish energy concern DONG Energy and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University to examine the potential of extracting biogas from algae and using the biomass residue as a fertiliser for organic farming.
The first section of the algae cultivation facility is due to be complete in a few months time, much to the satisfaction of Michael Bo Rasmussen of Aarhus University, who is an expert in the area. He comments in the news release:
"The facility gives us a unique opportunity to document virtually all the parameters relating to the growth and cultivation of algae, and generate knowledge to allow us to assess the potential for using algae to make biogas and bioethanol. Denmark is a frontrunner in biogas technology, and is continuing to develop it. With the algae cultivation facility the AlgeCenter Danmark consortium and the mid-Jutland region have the chance to forge ahead – also on the resource side."