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Accordion Bioreactor

An innovative high capacity Accordion bioreactor technology for high performance and low cost microalgae production

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "Accordion Bioreactor" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PO Box 34 Kjelsås
city: OSLO
postcode: 411
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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.5. (Cross-cutting marine and maritime research)
2. H2020-EU.3.2.3. (Unlocking the potential of aquatic living resources)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2017-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    BIOPHARMIA AS NO (OSLO) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Access to vital raw ingredients for food/feed production is an increasing challenge in several industries. Biopharmia is a Norwegian company focusing on cultivation of microalgae through its development of a proprietary bioreactor. Through years of expertise and collaborations with experts in the field of microalgae growth, Biopharmia have developed and patented the Accordion bioreactor, a proven and efficient platform for industrial scale production of high quality microalgae, at lower energy and decreased production cost, compared to other solutions. This technology aims to strengthen Europe’s position in the microalgae market, which is currently weak due to cheaper, low quality foreign competitors. The technology describes the unique wave configuration comprising the frame work of the bioreactor, which contributes to higher productivity and lower cost of production and investment when compared to competing technologies. The modular design of this closed system greatly minimises the risk of contamination and can be easily adapted to large scale production. Biopharmia need to undertake the proposed innovation project to develop and further test the Accordion technology with multiple algae strains. The company has a close collaboration with the University of Arizona (UA) and has demonstrated the efficiency and productivity of its bioreactors through extensive testing at UA. Biopharmia has supplied biomass to a number of entities in Norway with very good results. Biopharmia has Letters of Intent about supply of biomass to two Norwegian customers in different segments, food supplements and aquaculture. In 2012 the company raised €1 million in private venture capital from IFE Venture. Biopharmia intends to establish initial production using the Accordion technology for the clients the company have an LOI with before expanding production.

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