French oil and gas company TotalEnergies has partnered up with waste and energy management company Veolia to begin a four-year research project into accelerating the development of microalgae cultivation using carbon dioxide (CO2).
With the long-term goal of producing biofuel, the project will involve a test platform being set up to compare different systems for growing microalgae and identifying the most efficient ones.
Microalgae grow by utilising sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes. After having grown a certain amount, the microalgae mature and are able to be harvested as a next-generation biofuel with a low carbon footprint.
Speaking about the project, Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Chief Technology Officer, TotalEnergies, said, “We are pleased to join forces with Veolia at our La Mede site to accelerate the assessment of microalgae cultivation systems using CO2, in the aim of producing next-generation biofuels.”
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