BALI – biorefinery concept for algae-based ingredients

Contact Person

MSc. Rafael Meichßner (cand. Dr. rer. nat.)
Dr. Levent Piker

Project description

BALI – biorefinery concept for algae-based ingredients – is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the innovation area “Bioeconomy on marine sites (BamS)”. The BamS innovation area is managed by Christian Albrechts University and currently comprises 36 institutions (universities, research institutions and companies). Seven of these institutions have formed a consortium for the BALI project under the leadership of Prof. Thomas Schweder (University of Greifswald). The aim is to use the still underutilized resource “algae biomass” in an optimized value chain for the manufacture of various high-quality products. For this purpose, both macro and micro algae are to be used, from which fatty acids and special algae carbohydrates (e.g. fucoidans) are extracted in an optimized extraction process. The algae carbohydrates should also be broken down into defined short-chain sugars with the help of enzymes. Special cosmetics (e.g. skin lighteners) and fine chemicals are targeted as possible products. Since there is still a considerable need for research at many points in this process chain, the BALI project can contribute to the more effective and targeted use of a high-quality resource in the future.

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Task of CRM

The project task of CRM is the cultivation of macroalgae or the development of a cultivation method for new, not yet cultivated macroalgae. The macroalgae biomass is then made available to the project partners.

Funding

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BmBF) as part of the innovation area “Bioeconomy on marine sites (BamS)”

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Period

March 2020 to February 2023