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EnAlgae is a four year strategic initative of  the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme. It brings together 19 partners and 14 observers across 7 EU member states with the aim of developing sustainable technologies for algal biomass production.


Queen's University's role within the EnAlgae project is as a pilot site for the production of macroalgae, specifically the kelp species Laminaria digitata, Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculenta. Based at the Queen's Marine Laboratory in Portaferry, the project aims to set up a custom designed hatchery facility for macroalgae, which will then be transferred to longines in Strangford Lough for onward growth.The long term aim of this study is to see if it is possible to grow sufficient biomass of good enough quality to be used for the production of biofuels.


The growth at Queen's EnAlgae pilot site will be compared with similar sites operated by partners in Galway and Brittany.


There are several steps to large scale macroalgal production. Further information can be found by clicking the links below:


  • Creating macroalgal cultures
  • Hatchery Growth Phase
  • Transfer to longlines and Onward Growth


or by contacting the Queen's EnAlgae staff at the links below:


Principal Investigator Dr. John Bothwell

Project Manager Dr. Karen Mooney -

Technician Emma Gorman -



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Contact Information

Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230

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