Microalgae consist of single cells but are capable of producing everything from food to fuel with the help of tailor-made LED-lighting.
“We’re working to synthesise raw materials for biofuels, cosmetics and health food, and ingredients which can replace fish oil in fish farm feed, by means of so-called phototrophic production using algae,” says Andreas Hagemann, a SINTEF research scientist.
“We extract Omega 3 fatty acids from fish which absorb them from their food, such as small crustaceans, and which in turn have obtained them by grazing on microalgae”, he says.
Hagemann is standing in his lab in Trondheim, Norway, beside something which looks like a glowing advertising sign, but which in fact consists of small light panels covered with light-emitting diodes.
SINTEF (Norwegian: Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning), headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia.
Every year, SINTEF supports research and development at 2,000 or so Norwegian and overseas companies via its research and development activity.
The acronym SINTEF means “The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research”. SINTEF was established at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim in 1950 and expanded rapidly in the following years. The largest expansion came in 1993 when the “Centre for Industrial Research” in Oslo merged with SINTEF and created the SINTEF Oslo campus.
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