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SUNALGAE - Innovative process of enhancing the efficiency of solar panels through the use of algae

Reference: LIFE17 CCM/SE/000050 | Acronym: SUNALGAE for LIFE

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Currently, the growth in solar energy capacity exceeds the growth in the total energy demand globally. However, due to high up-front costs and low efficiency, adoption of solar energy has been highly reliant on regulations and incentive programmes. As a result, innovation has focused on lowering cost and improving efficiency in order to further foster demand.


OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the SUNALGAE for LIFE project is to demonstrate a new, highly innovative algae material that leads to significant improvements in the efficiency of silicon-based and thin film solar panels. The aim is to construct a pilot production facility for the innovative algae material that uses recycled nutrients from a land-based fish farm.

In this way, the project will contribute to the transition towards a low-emission economy and to reaching the EU target of reducing by at least 40% greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. It will also contribute towards renewable energy and energy efficiency targets.

Expected results:

  • Algae concept demonstrated at the pilot production facility for up to 12 months;
  • At least a 4% enhancement of the power output of a silicon solar panel;
  • 60% increase in efficiency of the transparent-type solar cell;
  • 3.9 % reduction in costs compared to current state-of-the=art solar panels; and
  • Fast replication and commercialisation based on the results of the demonstration.

  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE17 CCM/SE/000050
    Acronym: SUNALGAE for LIFE
    Start Date: 01/07/2018
    End Date: 31/12/2023
    Total Eligible Budget: 2,722,785 €
    EU Contribution: 1,633,671 €
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    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Swedish Algae Factory AB
    Legal Status: PCO
    Address: Stena Center 1B, 412 92, Göteborg, Sverige
    Contact Person: Sofie Allert
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    Website: Visit Website


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Renewable energies

    KEYWORDS

    • alternative technology
    • renewable energy

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • COM(2014)15 - Policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030 (22.01.2014)
    • COM(2011)112 - "A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050" (08.03.2011)
    • Directive 2009/28 - Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (23.04.2009)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    Swedish Algae Factory AB Coordinator
    None Participant

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