The ENBIO project, funded by Zero Waste Scotland, is highly innovative and (to our knowledge) currently unique in the world. It uses algal bioproduction to enable new industry in rural areas and at the same time increasing the strength of the rural circular economy by enabling better use of stranded timber and distillery coproducts.

The project builds on the existing LECF-funded ASLEE project which developed a novel, class-leading internally lit photobioreactor (Pandora PBR™) whose lighting can be externally controlled to meet grid demands, allowing the PBRs to be used as a rapidly-acting balancer of local renewable energy production. The ASLEE project also demonstrated that the algae are very tolerant to light intermittency, making their production an ideal transactive load.

The ENBIO project will see sixteen 1000 litre Pandora PBR™ deployed on the Ardnamurchan Estate using surplus energy from the CHP plant to produce high value algae and automatically matching local electricity demand with production. The Ardnamurchan PBR array will give Scotland a lead in industrial scale algal biotechnology in the UK.

In addition, the ENBIO project will contribute to the low carbon economy through helping reduce transport costs, displace algal imports that are currently air shipped to Scotland, achieve better use of distillery co-products and directly incorporate CO2 into the algae.

The partners within the project are Xanthella Ltd, ALIenergy and Woodland Renewables (Ardnamurchan Estate).

For further information contact Carole Shellcock: 07718 426085 or carole@alienergy.org.uk