Marseille, France (PortSEurope) June 28, 2019 – After three years of testing in a real environment in the heart of the industrial-port area of Fos, the port of Marseille Fos and its partners are pleased with the success of the applied research program “Vasco2”, which proves that the solution of treatment of industrial fumes by micro-algae culture works.
Microalgae is fed with industrial fumes, converting it into biofuel. The principle of the research project is simple: the CO2-laden fumes (carbon dioxide) from three steel plants of Kem One, Arcelor Mittal and Solamat-Merex were injected directly into micro-algae culture ponds.
“The biomass+ part of these crops is then extracted, dehydrated and transformed into a paste that is sent to a specialised branch of the CEA (Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies) before being refined into biofuel”, says Magali Deveze, head of the sustainable development and land development department of the Port of Marseille Fos, who is coordinating the Vasco2 project.
The director of development of the port Renaud Paubelle said that the project was ready to tested at an industrial level.
According to Deveze, the industrialization of the process is all the more feasible that “it combines two advantages: a low cost, with rudimentary installations, and a universal side since it does not require treating upstream fumes or select the algae “.
The industrial port area of Fos-sur-Mer, which covers 10,000 hectares, is one of the largest in Europe. It generates strong pollution with ozone, so much so that the Regional Agency of Health (ARS) recognized in 2018 that the state of health of the inhabitants of the surroundings was “weakened”.
The Vasco2 project, coordinated by the port of Marseille Fos, was realized thanks to a technology of the company Coldep, with Ifremer and CEA researchers, Total and several industrialists. The project was supported by the metropolis of Aix-Marseille-Provence.
Vasco 2 is part of the Piicto program (Industrial Platform & Innovation of Caban Tonkin) of the port of Marseille Fos, initiated in 2014. The main challenge of Piicto is to “increase the attractiveness of the territory in view of the welcoming new activities (industrial and / or innovative) “by working on economic and environmental issues.
The 12 partners in Vasco2 are: Marseille Fos, Coldep, HelioPure Technologies, Ifremer, CEA, Total, ArcelorMittal, Kem One, Solamat-Merex, Lyondellbasell, Aix Marseille Provence and Inovertis,
Source: Marseille Fos
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