Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage

Initiator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘AVaRICE: Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan
Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Mike Allen

Project outcomes
The overarching aim of this research strategy is to develop an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD) and potentially other metalliferous effluents. This novel business model seeks to use biofuel production and recovery of metals to offset effluent remediation costs and could be economically viable, environmentally beneficial and globally applicable.

This project has led to the creation of a strong complementary multidisciplinary consortium and has established links with, and gained support from, key industry partners such as the Coal Authority and Veolia.

Two collaborative research projects have developed. A joint NERC-industrial CASE application has been submitted by PML (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) and the University of Bristol. As a result of their collaboration in this project, PML have agreed to donate common photobioreactor systems to the University of Bath and the University of Exeter. The University of Bath and PML have agreed a staff and student exchange programme.

A successful application was submitted for GW4 Accelerator funding.