Activities

The general objective of the SABANA project is to demonstrate the technical, environmental and social feasibility of producing valuable products for agriculture and aquaculture by using only marine water and wastewater as nutrients source.

Improvement of large-scale production technology

Both the biological and engineering aspects of microalgae production will be optimized, and the yield and robustness of large-scale production systems.

Development of integral utilization of biomass processes

Both the biological and engineering aspects of microalgae production will be optimized, and the yield and robustness of large-scale production systems.

Scale-up and demonstration of the developed technology

Both the biological and engineering aspects of microalgae production will be optimized, and the yield and robustness of large-scale production systems.

Overview

Save water, save energy, save C02 emissions, recover nutrients..., thus be sustainable.

The key advantages of SABANA project are: the sustainability of the process, using marine water and recovering nutrients from wastewaters while minimizing the energy consumption, and the socioeconomic benefits, due to the relevance of the target bioproducts for two major pillars in food production as agriculture and aquaculture. Bioproducts capable of increasing the yield of crops and fish production are highly demanded, whereas recovery of nutrients is a priority issue in the EU. Instead of considering wastewater as an inevitably useless and problematic residue of our society, SABANA acknowledges its potential as an opportunity for economically relevant sectors.

SABANA project includes (i) the utilization of microalgae-bacteria consortia and in co-culture with other algae to control grazing species, (ii) the implementation of efficient thin-layer cascade and raceway, (iii) the scale-up of reactors to ensure stable operation, (iv) to use marine water to increase the sustainability of the process; (v) to recover nutrients from wastewaters, (vi) to develop harvesting processes taking into account the remaining water, (vii) to establish processes for mild/energy efficient extraction of bioproducts, (viii) to process residual biomass to produce biofertilizers and aquafeed in zero-waste schemes, (ix) using robust and sustainable technology.

Consortium

Consortium and collaborating companies
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University of Almería

Consortium member
The University of Almeria (UAL) was founded in 1993. Today it has more than 12000 students, including 600 doctorate students. In spite of its recent creation, the UAL has a modern infrastructure, a wonderful library, last generation laboratories, coffes…
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FCC aqualia

Consortium member
aqualia, gestión integral del agua, S.A. is the water management parent company of FCC, one of the largest European services groups. aqualia responds to the needs of all parties, private and public, at all stages of the water cycle, providing water for human, industrial, and agricultural uses.
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GEA

Consortium member
GEA is one of the largest suppliers of process technology for the food industry and for a wide range of other industries. In 2016, GEA generated consolidated revenues in excess of about EUR 4.5 billion.
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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Consortium member
KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide and has the potential of reaching a top position in selected research areas on an international level.
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Biorizon biotech

Consortium member
En el Grupo Biorizon hemos aplicado la más avanzada tecnología, para desarrollar soluciones a la producción de frutas y hortalizas que proporcionan a través del uso de elementos naturales, mejoras frente a los resultados de las tradicionales sustancias de síntesis química.
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Algatech

Consortium member
Center ALGATECH is a part of the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The Centre is mainly focussed on research in the field of life processes of algae and cyanobacteria, as well as algal biotechnology.
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Università degli Studi di Milano

Consortium member
The University of Milan is a public, multidisciplinary teaching and research institution that offers 8 Faculties, 2 Schools, 136 study courses, 31 Doctoral Programmes and 63 Specialisation Schools.
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Veronesi

Consortium member
From 1952 when Veronesi was established, to 1958 when the first feed mill was opened, to 2002 when the Negroni trademark was acquired: the Veronesi Group is constantly growing and today includes some of the most important names in the Italian agroindustry.
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Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Consortium member
La Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria fue creada el 26 de abril de 1989 a partir de la Universidad Politécnica de Canarias y de varios centros hasta ese momento adscritos a la Universidad de La Laguna.
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Széchenyi István Egyetem

Consortium member
The Széchenyi István University is situated in two cities (Győr and Mosonmagyaróvár) in the center of Central Europe’s golden triangle: halfway between the capitol of Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, along the highway E75 and at the river Danube. Due to its ideal location the city Győr became a very important automotive center. The Széchenyi István University is situated in two cities (Győr and Mosonmagyaróvár) in the center of Central Europe’s golden triangle: halfway between the capitol of Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, along the highway E75 and at the river Danube. Due to its ideal location the city Győr became a very important automotive center. Here can be found the largest engine factory of the world the Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. and hundreds of automotive suppliers.
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Consorzio Italiano Biogas

Consortium member
Il CIB – Consorzio Italiano Biogas è la prima aggregazione volontaria che riunisce aziende agricole produttrici di biogas e biometano da fonti rinnovabili, le aziende o società industriali fornitrici di impianti, tecnologie e servizi per la produzione di biogas e biometano, Enti ed Istituzioni che contribuiscono a vario titolo al raggiungimento degli scopi sociali, di diffusione e promozione della tecnologia della digestione anaerobica per il comparto agricolo.

Objectives

SUSTAINABILITY

Latest News

Available the survey about objectives of SABANA project

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Last advances about SABANA project disseminated in newspaper

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SABANA project start the production of microalgae for agriculture purposes at DEMO1 scale

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Agreement between Biorizon and University of Almeria to collaborate in the development of agriculture applications of microalgae

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