TotalEnergies, Veolia team up on microalgae cultivation

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July 9 (Renewables Now) - French energy giant TotalEnergies SE (EPA:TTE) and compatriot water, waste and energy management group Veolia (EPA:VIE) have teamed up to develop carbon dioxide (CO2)-based microalgae cultivation for potential biofuel production.

The two companies this week said they will partner on a four-year research project at TotalEnergies’ La Mede biorefinery, which will involve comparing different systems for growing microalgae.

Microalgae grows using sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes and can then be turned into next-generation biofuels.

Veolia will bring expertise in the water sector for optimal management of the microalgae's aquatic environment and in the development of algal biomass for CO2 capture, while TotalEnergies will provide expertise in the cultivation and refining of biomass for advanced biofuels production, and in CO2 capture and utilisation technologies.

Both said the initiative will support their customers.

“Biofuels will enable TotalEnergies’ clients to reduce their carbon footprint, and thus contribute to the ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 together with the society,” according to TotalEnergies chief technology officer Marie-Noelle Semeria.

"This partnership is an excellent example of the ecological innovation capacities that Veolia wants to offer its customers in response to the climate change,” said Philippe Seberac, technical and scientific director at Veolia.

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