Successful EnAlgae symposium event held in Kortrijk, Belgium

Around 80 delegates from all over Europe, Israel and South America came together recently in Kortrijk, Belgium, for a day-long symposium focused on the outputs so far from the Swansea University led EnAlgae project.

EnAlgae Belgium eventFunded by the European Union under the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme, the project unites experts and observers from 7 EU member states to determine the potential benefits of algae as a future sustainable energy source.

A full programme of presentations by contributors to the project was enjoyed by delegates, and a full itinerary for the event can be found online here

“The event was an excellent opportunity to present the findings we’ve made to date on the project,” said event co-organiser Dr Sofie Van Den Hende of Ghent University, Campus Kortrijk.

“We were pleasantly surprised to have attracted delegates from as far afield as Israel, Argentina and Uruguay who work in the algae and agro-industries in their home countries.

“They found the visit to the wastewater treatment facility at Alpro (pictured above) very insightful and felt this, together with the chance to see our pilot at the same site, gave added value to the overall event.

“Participants particularly appreciated that pilot operators and pilot data users have shared their practical experiences on algae cultivation. And the whole symposium allowed people to fully appreciate how big, practical and demonstrative the EnAlgae project is.

“We also generated a great deal of interest in our decision support tool, which will be one of the key creations to emerge from this project.”

Anyone wishing to learn more about the event can visit www.enalgae.eu and download the presentation pdfs or watch videos taken during the event itself.