MIRACLES will undertake the following activities:
Production and harvesting of algal biomass.
The overall objective of this activity is to produce algal biomass for the project and to realize improvements and substantial cost reductions in the cultivation phase. Specific Objectives in this WP are:
Bioprospecting, metabolic optimization and cultivation at extreme locations
The main objective of this WP is to perform bioprospecting and the selection of robust, highly productive algal species for extreme climatological conditions with appropriate product profiles and biomass characteristics, and to optimize their productivity parameters. The aim is to enable cultivation of microalgae in areas with limited potential for agriculture, in order to broaden the resource base of a growing microalgae industry. Specific objectives in this WP are:
Development of integrated biorefinery technology
The main objective of WP3 is the development of integrated biorefinery / processing technologies employing mild disruption, green extraction and fractionation/purification technologies. We aim to produce multiple specialty products from microalgae biomass by valorising all biomass components.
Specific objectives in this activity are:
Product development and market assessment.
The overall objective of WP4 is to develop applications of algal products by means of chemical characterization and functionality testing, formulation and performance testing of products in the lab and in pilot trials and market assessment to validate the proposed applications. The aim is to develop:
Demonstration of integrated value chains
The main objective of WP5 is the demonstration of selected integrated value chains to deliver proof-of-concept and demonstrate techno-economic viability. The focus will be on selected biorefinery process chains starting from the algae biomass, followed by biorefinery and the validation of product application.
Specific objectives are:
Techno-economic and sustainability assessment of integrated value chains and development of business plans
The objectives of WP6 include:
Dissemination, exploitation & intellectual property management
The objective of this activity is to engage industry and other stakeholders through effective dissemination and exploitation activities, combined with intellectual property management, to ensure the successful dissemination and exploitation of project results.
Training and education activities aim to contribute to the professional development of those working in the biorefinery and algae sector at various levels with a special focus on SMEs. Activities will include the training and exchange of researchers, the organization of a summer school for young researchers and visits by industrial parties to Miracles partner locations during the course of the project.
MIRACLES project is connected with other EU Algae projects. Find out more information checking their websites!: