The increasing energy demand in the World is drawing attention to the need for developing new supply pathways based on inexhaustible sources with reduced environmental impacts1. If managed sustainably, biofuels are renewable energy resources for heat, power and transportation that can contribute to less GHG emissions and atmospheric contaminants than fossil fuels. However, as of 2020, the adoption of biofuels falls short of the predicted expectations to align with the sustainable development scenario (SDS).
Microalgae are some of nature’s finest examples of solar energy conversion systems, transforming carbon dioxide into complex organic molecules through photosynthesis. They are capable of achieving solar energy to biomass conversion efficiencies up to one order of magnitude higher than oleaginous crops, and there is biotechnology potential to further increase conversion efficiency.
The MAIN objective of PRODIGIO is to establish a knowledge base for the development of a system failure prediction technology that increases the performance of microalgae biomass production and anaerobic digestion systems and advance towards more favourable techno-economic, environmental and social performance to achieve more sustainable microalgae biogas.
PRODIGIO will boost the efficiency of solar energy conversion into biogas by increasing the performance of i) microalgae production systems and ii) anaerobic digestion systems, thanks to the development of early-warning signals for improved systems monitoring and control.
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