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Project "SOLENALGAE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: VERONA
postcode: 37129

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙441˙875 €
 EC max contribution 1˙441˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2021-02-28


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA IT (VERONA) coordinator 1˙341˙875.00
2    POLITECNICO DI MILANO IT (MILANO) participant 100˙000.00


 Project objective

Solar Energy is the most abundant renewable energy source available for our Planet. Light energy conversion into chemical energy by photosynthetic organisms is indeed the main conversion energy step, which originated high energy containing fossil deposits, now being depleted. By the way, plant or algae biomass may still be used to produce biofuels, as bio-ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-hydrogen. Microalgae exploitation for biofuels production have the considerable advantages of being sustainable and not in competition with food production, since not-arable lands, waste water and industrial gasses can be used for algae cultivation. Considering that only 45% of the sunlight covers the range of wavelengths that can be absorbed and used for photosynthesis, the maximum photosynthetic efficiency achievable in microalgae is 10%. On these bases, a photobioreactor carrying 600 l/m-2 would produce 294 Tons/ha/year of biomass of which 30% to 80%, depending on strain and growth conditions, being oil. However this potential has not been exploited yet, since biomass and biofuels yield on industrial scale obtained up to now were relatively low and with high costs of production. The main limitation encountered for sustained biomass production in microalgae by sunlight conversion is low light use efficiency, reduced from the theoretical value of 10% to 1-3%. This low light use efficiency is mainly due to a combined effect of reduced light penetration to deeper layers in highly pigmented cultures, where light available is almost completely absorbed by the outer layers, and an extremely high (up to 80%) thermal dissipation of the light absorbed. This project aims to investigate the molecular basis for efficient light energy conversion into chemical energy, in order to significantly increase the biomass production in microalgae combining a solid investigation of the principles of light energy conversion with biotechnological engineering of algal strains.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Laura Girolomoni, Stefano Cazzaniga, Alberta Pinnola, Federico Perozeni, Matteo Ballottari, Roberto Bassi
LHCSR3 is a nonphotochemical quencher of both photosystems in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
published pages: 4212-4217, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1809812116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/10 2019-05-22
2016 Nicholas H. C. Lewis, Natalie L. Gruenke, Thomas A. A. Oliver, Matteo Ballottari, Roberto Bassi, Graham R. Fleming
Observation of Electronic Excitation Transfer Through Light Harvesting Complex II Using Two-Dimensional Electronic–Vibrational Spectroscopy
published pages: 4197-4206, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b02280
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7/20 2019-05-28
2018 Perozeni F, Stella GR, Ballottari M
LHCSR Expression under HSP70/RBCS2 Promoter as a Strategy to Increase Productivity in Microalgae
published pages: 155, ISSN: 1422-0067, DOI: 10.3390/ijms19010155
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 19/1 2019-05-28
2018 M. Cecchin, S. Benfatto, F. Griggio, A. Mori, S. Cazzaniga, N. Vitulo, M. Delledonne, M. Ballottari
Molecular basis of autotrophic vs mixotrophic growth in Chlorella sorokiniana
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24979-8
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-05-28
2018 Antonio Perri, John H. Gaida, Andrea Farina, Fabrizio Preda, Daniele Viola, Matteo Ballottari, Jürgen Hauer, Sandro De Silvestri, Cosimo D’Andrea, Giulio Cerullo, Dario Polli
Time- and frequency-resolved fluorescence with a single TCSPC detector via a Fourier-transform approach
published pages: 2270, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.002270
Optics Express 26/3 2019-05-28
2017 Francesco Mascia, Laura Girolomoni, Marcelo J. P. Alcocer, Ilaria Bargigia, Federico Perozeni, Stefano Cazzaniga, Giulio Cerullo, Cosimo D’Andrea, Matteo Ballottari
Functional analysis of photosynthetic pigment binding complexes in the green alga Haematococcus pluvialis reveals distribution of astaxanthin in Photosystems
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16641-6
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-05-28
2017 Andreas Uhmeyer, Michela Cecchin, Matteo Ballottari, Lutz Wobbe
Impaired Mitochondrial Transcription Termination Disrupts the Stromal Redox Poise in Chlamydomonas
published pages: 1399-1419, ISSN: 0032-0889, DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.00946
Plant Physiology 174/3 2019-06-19
2017 Laura Girolomoni, Paola Ferrante, Silvia Berteotti, Giovanni Giuliano, Roberto Bassi, Matteo Ballottari
The function of LHCBM4/6/8 antenna proteins in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
published pages: erw462, ISSN: 0022-0957, DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erw462
Journal of Experimental Botany 01/12/2016 2019-06-19
2016 Luca Zuliani, Nicola Frison, Aleksandra Jelic, Francesco Fatone, David Bolzonella, Matteo Ballottari
Microalgae Cultivation on Anaerobic Digestate of Municipal Wastewater, Sewage Sludge and Agro-Waste
published pages: 1692, ISSN: 1422-0067, DOI: 10.3390/ijms17101692
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 17/10 2019-06-19
2017 Alberta Pinnola, Matteo Ballottari, Ilaria Bargigia, Marcelo Alcocer, Cosimo D’Andrea, Giulio Cerullo, Roberto Bassi
Functional modulation of LHCSR1 protein from Physcomitrella patens by zeaxanthin binding and low pH
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11101-7
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-06-19
2016 Alberta Pinnola, Hristina Staleva-Musto, Stefano Capaldi, Matteo Ballottari, Roberto Bassi, Tomáš Polívka
Electron transfer between carotenoid and chlorophyll contributes to quenching in the LHCSR1 protein from Physcomitrella patens
published pages: 1870-1878, ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2016.09.001
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1857/12 2019-06-19

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