Microalgae biotechnology is a fast growing domain emerged in the last decades due to their huge potential as raw matter for a great diversity of products and services. Microalgae biomass consists of important primary metabolites such as sugars, oils and lipids, used for the production of food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, biofertilizers, animal feed. Moreover microalgae biotechnology has also a high potential as an environmental technology for GHG abatement or wastewater treatment. Another important area is the use of microalgae biomass as a bioenergy source, like methane, biodiesel, bioethanol or biohydrogen.
This course will provide students with the training, skills and learning needed to deep in the fast growing field of microalgae valorisation. It includes seminars about microalgae numerous industrial uses, their cultivation, harvesting and techno economic analysis. Laboratory sessions, data analysis and reactors dimensioning using spreadsheets as well as a field trip to an installation of microalgae biomass production are also scheduled.
This summer course offers not only an introduction to this exciting field, but also an opportunity to update information and to exchange ideas with other colleagues concerning the breakthrough that have to be addressed to help this emerging domain to reach an industrial level in certain areas.
The course is intended for MSc, PhD students or Post-Docs in the biology, chemistry and biochemical engineering fields.