The production of algal biomass for the production of biofuels and bioproducts is currently the subject of active research worldwide. Microalgae offer a promising alternative to fossil resources while providing environmental benefits. Economic challenges remain for the commercial application of such methods for the harvesting of microalgae cells and dehydration of this biomass. Pulp and paper technologies are used by Innofibre to develop an efficient and cost effective method for biomass conditioning before it can be processed into biofuel or be extracted to produce value added products.

With the Algafuel pilot pond owned by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and installed in the Innofibre pilot plant, the center has a large microalgae cultivation capacity allowing it to carry out research projects on harvesting and drying the biomass with pulp and paper equipment. This pilot tank is intended mainly for the production of microalgae in industrial waste water, as part of co-location cultivation projects with industries, for phycoremediation and obtaining bio-based products for local use.

Algafuel pilot pond

360020

022

Algal biomass harvesting with a handsheet former

IMG_1079IMG_1022

Algal biomass harvesting with a dynamic sheet former

009032

002

To know more about microalgae, contact Nathalie Bourdeau at 819-376-5011 extension 4502.