IBioIC and Algae-UK are working together on a UK wide call for projects that address the technical challenges of delivering bio-polymers and natural pigments, dyes and inks from algae.

Scotland is wet. It is surrounded by sea and has lochs galore. With all this water comes algae, and algae are useful. Researchers and Biotech companies are developing innovative ways to harness the power of algae in a whole range of fields.

At IBioIC, we think algae are great. That’s why we are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Algae-UK to launch a call for projects developing innovative uses for algae. The call aims to provide support for projects that help to address the technical challenges in delivering bio-polymers and natural pigments, dyes and inks from algae.

Algae capture carbon. Carbon capture is a hot topic and companies are looking for technology that can help reduce their carbon footprint. Algae are naturally adapted to remove carbon from the environment so there is an increasing interest in using algal bioreactors to remove the CO2 produced by companies such as Scotland’s distilleries.

Algae produce pigments. Algae come in a wide variety of colours from green to yellow to blue to red. The natural colourants in these algae can be captured and purified to provide a natural alternative to chemical colours in the food and cosmetics industries.

Algae contain nutrients. Algae are rich in nutrients such as Omega-3 and provide a sustainable source of this essential nutrient that removes our reliance on exploited fish stocks.

Algae are food. The nutritional benefits of algae don’t stop at supplements. There is increasing interest in using algae in everyday food such as crisps.

Algae as materials. Seaweeds are tough and abundant. They also contain useful materials such as alginates which have a wide range of applications from thickening agents in food to pharmaceuticals.

If you have an innovative algae idea, or would like more information, then go to the Algae-UK website: https://www.algae-uk.org.uk/funding/poc/


By Isabel Vincent, IBioIC Projects Manager