TotalEnergies & Veolia to Develop CO2-based Microalgae Cultivation
TotalEnergies and Veolia have joined forces to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2. The two partners will pool their know-how to develop a four-year research project at the La Mède biorefinery, operated by TotalEnergies, with the long-term goal of producing biofuel. Through photosynthesis, microalgae use sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes to grow. When mature, they can be transformed into next-generation biofuels with low carbon intensity. As part of the project, a test platform will be set up to compare different innovative systems for growing microalgae and identify the most efficient ones.
Veolia will therefore bring its expertise in
1. The water sector to optimize management of the microalgae's aquatic environment
2. The development of algal biomass as an effective solution for CO2 capture
TotalEnergies, in synergy with the business lines at the La Mède site, will bring its expertise in
1. The cultivation and refining of biomass to produce advanced biofuels
2. CO2 capture and utilization technologies