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MacroFuels SIGNED

Developing the next generation Macro-Algae based biofuels for transportation via advanced bio-refinery processes

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "MacroFuels" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙999˙892 €
 EC max contribution 5˙999˙892 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Make bio-energy more competitive and sustainable)
2. H2020-EU. (New alternative fuels)
 Code Call H2020-LCE-2015-1-two-stage
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2019-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT DK (TAASTRUP) coordinator 587˙481.00
5    MATIS OHF IS (REYKJAVIK) participant 605˙250.00
6    AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV NL (AMSTERDAM) participant 550˙000.00
7    AARHUS UNIVERSITET DK (AARHUS C) participant 464˙977.00
8    SIOEN INDUSTRIES NV BE (Ardooie) participant 443˙012.00
10    Fermentationexperts AS DK (Bække) participant 235˙625.00
11    CLANCY HAUSSLER RITA AT (Trins) participant 204˙650.00


 Project objective

MacroFuels aims to produce advanced biofuels from seaweed or macro-algae. The targeted biofuels are ethanol, butanol, furanics and biogas. The project will achieve a breakthrough in biofuel production from macroalgae by:

• Increasing the biomass supply by developing a rotating crop scheme for cultivation of seaweed, using native, highly productive brown, red and green seaweeds. Combined with the use of advanced textile substrates these breakthroughs will result in a year round biomass yield of 25 kg seaweeds (wet weight) per m2 per year harvested at 1000m2/hr; • Improving the pre-treatment and storage of seaweed and to yield fermentable and convertible sugars at economically relevant concentrations (10-30%); • Increasing the bio-ethanol production to economically viable concentrations of > 4%/l and; • Increasing the bio-butanol yield to 15 g./l by developing novel fermenting organisms which metabolize all sugars at 90% efficiency for ethanol and butanol; • Increasing the biogas yield to convert 90% of the available carbon in the residues by adapting the organisms to seaweed; • Developing the thermochemical conversion of sugars to fuels from the mg. scale to the kg. scale; • Performing an integral techno-economic, sustainability and risk assessment of the entire seaweed to biofuel chain.

MacroFuels will develop technology for the production of fuels which are suitable as liquid fuels or precursor thereof for the heavy transport sector as well as potentially for the aviation sector. The technology will be taken from TRL3 to TRL 4/5.

MacroFuels will expand the biomass available for the production of advanced biofuels. Seaweed does not need fresh water, arable land or fertilizers to grow, which provides environmental benefits, and in addition has a high carbon dioxide reduction potential as well as reduces the demand for natural resources on land. The technology offers many novel opportunities for employment along the entire value chain.


List of deliverables.
Stakeholder engagement events and results’ evaluation reports 2 Documents, reports 2020-02-27 15:43:53
Sustainability assessment of the MacroFuels concept Documents, reports 2020-02-27 15:43:53
Environmental risk assessment of the MacroFuels concept Documents, reports 2020-02-27 15:44:04
Seaweed derived fuels from thermochemical conversion Documents, reports 2020-02-27 15:44:15
Seaweed derived biofuels and blend derived from fermentation Documents, reports 2020-02-27 15:44:14
Policy brief and strategy papers with recommendations for policy making 2 Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-12 11:49:37
Environmental assessment of the MacroFuels concept Documents, reports 2019-10-03 18:15:23
Stakeholder engagement events and results’ evaluation report1 Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:56:44
Policy briefs and strategy papers with recommendations for policy making 1 Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-31 14:56:47
Project online presence Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 14:56:41

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of MacroFuels deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Mamou Diallo, Rémi Hocq, Florent Collas, Gwladys Chartier, François Wasels, Hani Surya Wijaya, Marc W.T. Werten, Emil J.H. Wolbert, Servé W.M. Kengen, John van der Oost, Nicolas Lopes Ferreira, Ana M. López-Contreras
Adaptation and application of a two-plasmid inducible CRISPR-Cas9 system in Clostridium beijerinckii
published pages: , ISSN: 1046-2023, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2019.07.022
Methods 2020-02-06
2019 Annette Bruhn, Gunhild Brynning, Aase Johansen, Mads Sarauw Lindegaard, Helle Hagen Sveigaard, Betina Aarup, Lene Fonager, Lene Lykke Andersen, Michael Bo Rasmussen, Martin Mørk Larsen, Dieter Elsser-Gravesen, Margrethe Elise Børsting
Fermentation of sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima)—effects on sensory properties, and content of minerals and metals
published pages: 3175-3187, ISSN: 0921-8971, DOI: 10.1007/s10811-019-01827-4
Journal of Applied Phycology 31/5 2020-02-06
2019 Iona Campbell, Adrian Macleod, Christian Sahlmann, Luiza Neves, Jon Funderud, Margareth Øverland, Adam D. Hughes, Michele Stanley
The Environmental Risks Associated With the Development of Seaweed Farming in Europe - Prioritizing Key Knowledge Gaps
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-7745, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00107
Frontiers in Marine Science 6 2020-02-06
2016 J.W. van Hal; A.-B. Bjerre
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.851510
1 2019-06-11
2017 Xiaoru Hou, Nikolaj From, Irini Angelidaki, Wouter J.J. Huijgen, Anne-Belinda Bjerre
Butanol fermentation of the brown seaweed Laminaria digitata by Clostridium beijerinckii DSM-6422
published pages: 16-21, ISSN: 0960-8524, DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.04.035
Bioresource Technology 238 2019-06-11
2016 W.J.J. Huijgen
Development of Seaweed Biorefineries for Fuels and Chemicals
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.851512
1 2019-06-11
2017 Carlos M. Duarte, Jiaping Wu, Xi Xiao, Annette Bruhn, Dorte Krause-Jensen
Can Seaweed Farming Play a Role in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation?
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-7745, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00100
Frontiers in Marine Science 4 2019-06-11
2017 W.J.J. Huijgen
Carbohydrates and furans from seaweeds for fuels and chemicals
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.851516
1 2019-06-11
2017 J.W. van Hal
Driving on sunshine, converting seaweed to furanic biofuels
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.851514
1 2019-06-11
2017 François Wasels, Jennifer Jean-Marie, Florent Collas, Ana M. López-Contreras, Nicolas Lopes Ferreira
A two-plasmid inducible CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tool for Clostridium acetobutylicum
published pages: 5-11, ISSN: 0167-7012, DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2017.06.010
Journal of Microbiological Methods 140 2019-06-11
2017 Annette Bruhn, Tina Janicek, Dirk Manns, Mette Møller Nielsen, Thorsten Johannes Skovbjerg Balsby, Anne S. Meyer, Michael Bo Rasmussen, Xiaoru Hou, Bodo Saake, Cordula Göke, Anne Belinda Bjerre
Crude fucoidan content in two North Atlantic kelp species, Saccharina latissima and Laminaria digitata—seasonal variation and impact of environmental factors
published pages: , ISSN: 0921-8971, DOI: 10.1007/s10811-017-1204-5
Journal of Applied Phycology 2019-06-11
2016 J.W. van Hal; A.-B. Bjerre; Ana M. López-Contreras; Michele Stanley; G.O. Hreggvidsson; W.J.J. Huijgen
Carbohydrate Analysis of Seaweed in the Biorefinery to Chemicals and Fuel Context
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.851380
1 2019-06-11
2016 Behnaz Razi Parjikolaei, Annette Bruhn, Karin Loft Eybye, Martin Mørk Larsen, Michael Bo Rasmussen, Knud Villy Christensen, Xavier C. Fretté
Valuable Biomolecules from Nine North Atlantic Red Macroalgae: Amino Acids, Fatty Acids, Carotenoids, Minerals and Metals
published pages: 157-183, ISSN: 2158-706X, DOI: 10.4236/nr.2016.74016
Natural Resources 07/04 2019-06-11
2018 M. Diallo, A. D. Simons, H. van der Wal, F. Collas, Bwee Houweling-Tan, S. W. M. Kengen, A. M. López-Contreras
L-Rhamnose metabolism in Clostridium beijerinckii DSM 6423
published pages: , ISSN: 0099-2240, DOI: 10.1128/aem.02656-18
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2019-05-20
2017 Teis Boderskov, Annette Bruhn, Michael Bo Rasmussen
First year results of growing seaweed in an exposed location at Grenaa, Denmark
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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