Principal Investigator
Vitor Vasconcelos

Leader Institution
CMP - Secil

Research Teams



ALGAVALOR: MicroALGAE: integrated production and valuation of biomass and its various applications

The ALGAVALOR project has as its general objective the integrated production of microalgae and the enhancement of its biomass and extracts in different applications, with the development and launch of new products in the human food, animal nutrition, cosmetics and biofertilizers markets. For this purpose, new production processes are proposed, with increased sustainability. This general objective can be broken down into a set of specific objectives, each achieved in a specific subproject (SP):

  • valorization of microalgae for human consumption (SP 1);
  • valorization of microalgae for animal feed (SP 2);
  • valorization of microalgae for natural cosmetics (SP 3);
  • development of new processes, including “new generation” open reactors, and optimization of existing processes, with a view to achieving gains in scale and efficiency (SP 4);
  • development of agricultural biofertilizers from microalgae and, use of agro-industrial waste as inputs for the production of “biological microalgae” in a circular economy logic (SP 5);
  • lastly, it is intended that the ALGAVALOR project will have a wide multisectoral impact, nationally and internationally, in the various sectors to be tested (SP 6).

The ALGAVALOR project will develop R&D around the applications of microalgae (fresh paste, powder and / or extracts) generating new products rich in biomass and / or microalgae extracts, having as key end-users partners in target markets: human and animal food and cosmetics . New processes will also be optimized and developed, including new generation open reactors and low-cost “biological” means of cultivation developed.
The consortium is led by CMP and consists of 10 companies and 11 non-corporate entities from the R&I system, which ensure, in each subproject, the existence of a complete consortium.


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