EU boosts research into algal biofuels

A consortium of researchers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has won £5.4 million of EU funding to study biofuel production from algae.

The project, BioMara, aims to show the "viability, feasibility and sustainability of biofuel generation from algal biomass", including seaweed (macroalgae) and microalgae.

Researchers from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban will coordinate the study. Collaborators include the University of Strathclyde, Queens University Belfast and technology institutes in Dundalk and Sligo.

Lead scientist Michele Stanley

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