2006. Bubble column demonstration in the Houses of Parliament facilitated by Linda Gilroy MP and endorsed by David Milliband MP. These were real growing marine algae in the columns and by the end of the 7 day demonstration, the marine Synechococcus strain developed a gorgeous red colour.
2007-2008. Exhibition at The Science Museum attempts to tackle one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century – climate change. The exhibition ‘Can algae save the world?’ ran until April 30 2008 and focuses on the role of science in offering possible solutions to the problem by developing the specific technology of biofuels.
Visitors can view a ‘Mini Algae Farm’, a device to grow algae, as well as learn about the possibilities of using it as a green alternative to fossil fuels.
One strong, but surprising, contender is algae. These water plants, some species so small that they can only be viewed under a microscope, have the potential to be the best biofuel because less land is needed to harvest it.
Could algae save the world? It’s an exciting prospect but, like all technologies, not one without problems. But in our current environmental and social climate, with global warming the hot issue of the day, it is a hugely important question to explore.
Technology alone won’t save the world, but it can certainly help. Engaging society is an important goal and the thoughts and ideas of the public will be displayed at the gallery.
2007. Bubble columns fitted with UVA and UVB lighting in order to induce UV protection compound (mycosporine amino acids) biosynthesis in cyanobacteria.
2008. 5000 litre roof mounted photobioreactor designed to capture carbon from gas boiler emissions.
2008-2015. The Nottingham Microalgae Biorefinery featuring Greenskill’s 16,000 litre carbon capture photobioreactor coupled to a combined cycled gas power plant. Project partners: Alliance Boots, BASF, CRODA, Carlton Power and PML. [Technology Strategy Board -Low Carbon Energy Programme: (CCIF). Biorefinery carbon capture and conversion into industrial feedstocks as direct replacements for petrochemicals, and transformation system development in cyanobacteria CX. (£2.1m)].
2014. 300litre PBR installed at Cambridge University's Algae Innovation Centre.
Lots more to come shortly...