MAB 2.0: Scaling the Production of Algae Biomass from Wastewater

Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0 (MAB 2.0), an EIT Climate-KIC demonstrator project, worked on a proof of concept for large-scale algae biomass production using effluent from wastewater treatment plants.

Transforming wastewater into algae biomass delivers energy savings, as it reduces the reprocessing required to clean the water; and the biomass produced is a CO2-neutral feedstock with multiple applications.

This case study shows that successfully scaling circular innovations which valorise contaminated waste require consideration of wider system elements – particularly regulatory frameworks that seek to ensure that contaminants are not cycled. 

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Goal 7: Build circular material flows