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The Partners

From North to South

ALGACYCLE brings together experts from different fields to address common goals. Hubel has large amounts of drain water that need to be treated expensively, while Necton is interested to use these drain waters to replace expensive fertiliser. FulgurIT aims to advance its competencies in developing automatisms for microalgal cultivation, benefitting Necton´s algal production. The research-driven institutions Nord, UAlg and Nibio provide scientific know-how in analytics, fish and alga-based experiments, advancing the current state-of-the-art. 

Necton S.A., Olhão, Portugal​

Promotor [NECTON]: Necton is the oldest company in Europe producing and selling microalgae. Supplying the sectors of aquaculture and cosmetics since 1997, Necton has also gained scientific, technological and market knowledge on the feed, food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and bioenergy sectors. The company has a unique and distinctive experience in designing and operating different microalgal cultivation technologies, ranging from open to closed systems. With a 76-m3 tubular photobioreactor facility, 200-m3 raceway, 14 1-m3 flat panels and short-term plans to expand, Necton is able to cultivate freshwater, marine and hypersaline microalgae of many genera. In fact, Necton’s staff has experience in cultivating around 30 different microalgae. ​

Figure out more at www.necton.pt and www.phytobloom.com​

Necton

The heads behind

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João Navalho

CEO and Co-founder

AlgaCycle Visionary

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Alexandre​ Rodrigues

R&D Officer​

AlgaCycle Board Member

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Patrícia​ Diolgo

R&D Officer​

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Victória​ del Pino​

Coordinator

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Inês Póvoa

Microalgae Production Manager

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Yago del Valle-Inclan​

Eng.& Infrastructure Manager

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Teresa​ Lamela

Quality Manager

AlgaCycle Team Member

Nord University, Bodø, Norway

1st Partner Entity (Nord University; NU): Nord University, founded in 2016, is a state-owned higher education institution, with main campus in Bodø, a Norwegian city in the Arctic. It has campuses in Nordland and Trøndelag counties and has 11000 students and 1300 employees. NU is among the leading research institutions within research and education on natural resources, contributing to sustainable development. Cultivation and harvesting of novel freshwater/marine bioresources are topics embedded in education and research programmes. The project will be linked to the Algal and Microbial Biotechnology/Aquaculture divisions which have several national (Research Council of Norway, Industry) and international (EU, ERANET and US-DoE) projects. 

Figure out more at www.nord.no​

Nord University

The heads behind

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Kiron​ Viswanath

Professor​

AlgaCycle Board Member

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Chris J Hulatt​​

Associate Professor​

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Hirono​ Suzuki

PhD student

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Hidehiko​​ Kato

MSc Student​

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Rene H. Wijffels​​

Professor​

AlgaCycle Team Member

University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal​

2nd Partner (University of Algarve; UAlg): UAlg is a higher education institution with about 7,751 students, of which 1,604 are in advanced training courses. Teaching and research are focused on Life/Health Sciences and Technology, in particular Marine/Aquatic Sciences. Currently, UAlg offers 47 undergraduate courses and 56 postgraduate programmes (45 masters courses and 11 doctoral courses). UALG has one centre of excellence, Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), to which the researchers participating in the project belong. UAlg will participate with the necessary facilities for the project such as climate chambers, equipment for photoautotrophic microalgal growth, and greenhouse and labs for plant trials and assessment are available. UAlg has recently been involved in 90 R&D projects with a yearly research revenue ca. 7-8 million Euros. 

Figure out more at www.ualg.pt​

University of Algarve

The heads behind

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João Varela

Professor​

AlgaCycle Board Member

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Mário Reis

Assistant Professor

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Luísa​ Barreira

Associate Professor​

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Inês​​ Maia

PhD Student​

AlgaCycle Team Member

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy
Research (NIBIO), Bodø, Norway

3rd Partner Entity (Nibio): The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) is a governmental R&D institute with regional centers scattered across Norway. NIBIO contributes to food security, sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation through research and knowledge production within food, feed, forestry and other bio-based industries, both nationally and internationally. The research activities in Bodø, a city located at 67° N right above the Polar circle, are focused on the cultivation, bioprospecting and biotechnology of algae as natural resources for the production of biomass and high-value products. There is a strong focus on interactions between research and the development of regional enterprises under consideration of environmental protection and sustainability. NIBIO is experienced in leading, coordinating and managing national and international projects.

Figure out more at www.nibio.no

NIBIO

The heads behind

Ralf Rautenberger

Ralf​ Rautenberger

Researcher​

AlgaCycle Board Member

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Per Magnus​​ Hansen

Researcher​

AlgaCycle Team Member

Hubel Verde, Faro, Portugal​

4rd Partner Entity (Hubel Verde) : Since 1995, Hubel Verde had an important role on introducing in the national agricultural panorama concepts as liquid fertilizers, soilless cultures (also known as hydroponics), monitoring and control of crops. This was result of a constant and continuous innovative process. ​

Our goal is to keep standing at the forefront of protect agriculture by developing and implementing innovative solutions in new productive methods. Currently, our portfolio includes new agronomic technology and engineering solutions that can be applied to a wide range of agricultural segments. Our solutions are well known for their quality, reliability and innovation. ​

In Hubel Verde we are also focused on agronomical consulting services and field trials, available from north to south Portugal in a large variety of crops with different productive methods where we stand out with solid technical background and over 20 years of know-how obtained working in close proximity to farmers and technicians.​

Our integrated market approach is well recognized by the different sectors of the Iberian agriculture and multiple farmers that, year after year, trust in our services and products.​

Figure out more at www.hubel.pt/pt/hv/

Hubel Verde

The heads behind

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Cristino Dores

R&D Officer​​

AlgaCycle Board Member

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João Silva

R&D Officer​​

AlgaCycle Team Member

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João​ Caço

CEO

AlgaCycle Team Member

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Tiago​​ Andrade

Chairman of the Board

AlgaCycle Team Member

FulgurIT, Olhão, Portugal​

5th Partner Entity (FulgurIT): Fulgur IT is a technology development company founded in 2016. Specialized in the development of high-tech products and solutions for Automation, Communication and Internet of Things. Anticipating and responding to the market needs, as well as technological solutions evolution. Fulgur IT provides customers with expertise in the automation and remote management of electromechanical equipment, sensors and installations, whether they are farms, municipal and state facilities or industrial facilities. Fulgur IT offers their customers the advantages of the smart world in their projects and facilities, improving their productivity and reliability and lowering costs and other resources. 

Figure out more at www.fulgurit.pt

FulgurIT

The heads behind

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Filipe​ Conceição

CEO and Co-founder​

AlgaCycle Board Member

Tiago Neves

Tiago​ Neves

Project Manager​

AlgaCycle Team Member

Eduardo Martins

Eduardo​ Martin

Position

AlgaCycle Team Member

Tiago Nunes

Tiago​​ Nunes 

Position

AlgaCycle Team Member

External Partners

GreenCoLab, Faro, Portugal

Dissemination & organisation [GreenCoLab]: GreenCoLab is a non-profit private organization a collaborative platform between research and industry, whose research & innovation agenda is based on the exploration of macro- and microalgae as an essential component for the food, feed, nutraceutical, bioenergy, wastewater and cosmetic industries. GreenCoLab is composed of one research centre (CCMAR), one state laboratory (LNEG), one university (UA) and four companies, namely ALLMICROALGAE, NECTON, ALGA+ and SPAROS with the common goal of advancing the R&D on the cultivation of algae and algal biomass downstream processing, with the ultimate objective of generating a portfolio of new commercial products and services for the industrial partners. GreenCoLab assists in dissemination and organisation of the AlgaCycle project. 

Figure out more at www.greencolab.com​

GreenCoLab

The heads behind

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Peter​ Schulze

Researcher Algal Biotechnology​​

AlgaCycle Coordination & Dissemination

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Hugo​ Pereira

Innovation Manager​​

AlgaCycle Consultancy

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Ana Teresa

Researcher Fish Nutrition​​

AlgaCycle Consultancy

Narec, Blyth, United Kingdom​

Narec Distributed Energy (NDE), Blyth, United Kingdom

Life Cycle Assessment [NDE]: 

Narec Distributed Energy (NDE) is a specialist low carbon technology company. Originally a spin off from the UK National Renewable Energy Centre in 2012, NDE works on a wide range of sustainability areas, specifically; Life Cycle Assessment, Techno-economic feasibilities of energy technologies, energy efficiency studies, and grid connection of utility scale renewables.

NDE has a strong history of LCA, undertaking studies on microalgae, wind turbines, electrical infrastructure, buildings, and consumer products. In addition, NDE train people on ther concepts of LCA. Within this project, NDE will support the LCA studies of the proposed processes within AlgaCycle.

Figure out more at www.narecde.co.uk ​

Narec

The heads behind

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Tom​​ Bradley

Director

AlgaCycle LCA Leader

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Frankie O'Keeffe

Low Carbon Specialist​

AlgaCycle LCA technical Support

Sparos, Olhão, Portugal

Aquafeed formulation [Sparos]: SPAROS is a technology-driven SME dedicated to the development of new products and tailored nutritional solutions for the aquaculture market. With a strong R&D effort, including the development of tools, focusing on mechanistic modelling and omic technologies, SPAROS has launch several commercial products for aquaculture and, in recent H2020 and national projects has also been testing alternative sustainability-driven ingredients/formulations (including algal biomasses and extracts) for aquafeeds

Figure out more at www.sparos.pt​

Sparos

The heads behind

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Jorge​​ Dias

Co-founder, CEO​

AlgaCycle Constancy