Signing of collaboration agreement for the launch of the 'Micoalgae Project.' (Photo: ULPGC/FIS)
Microalgae bank created under int’l proyection
Friday, February 05, 2010, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The Canary Agency of Research, Innovation and Information Society of the Canary Government (ACIISI), the Spanish Oceanography Institute (IEO) and the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria (ULPGC) signed a collaboration agreement to launch a National Algae Bank.
The initiative forms part of the "Microalgae Project,” centred in the capture of carbonic anhydride and the production of biofuels from a microalgae base. With this project, whose promoters expect it to have international importance, authorities seek to boost the research, development and innovation (R+D+i) of the Islands.
|(From left to rt.) Enrique Tortosa, Juan Ruiz Alzola, Jose Regidor, Guillermo Garcia Blairsy. (Photo: ULPGC)
The following individuals participated in the presentation of the agreement: Juan Ruiz Alzola, director of the ACIISI, in representation of the Canary Institute of Marine Sciences (ICCM); Enrique Tortosa Martorell, director general of the IEO; and Jose Regidor, rector of the ULPGC and president of the Technologic Scientific Park Foundation (FPCT) of said university.
Ruiz Alzola highlighted the significant wager of the Canary Government in converting the archipelago in a centre of world reference in the mid-Atlantic's marine medium.
The National Algae Bank, the future Oceanic Canarias Platform (PLOCAN), the work being developed in the facilities of the Canary Institute of Marine Sciences; and the overhauling of the oceanographic ship Irene, among other questions, make up an important spectrum of actions to project the Islands as an emerging space, without precedent, in the mid-Atlantic, the IEO sustains.
“Canarias can be transformed into a world lab in research and innovation in distinct disciplines, not only in the marine, bit also in renewable energy, water desalting, the environment, astronomy, etc.,” Ruiz Alzola noted.
"Few regions of the planet possess the precise conditions to develop research in so many different subjects like in our islands and, in addition, our geographic position can result determinant when exporting know-how to the African countries in our field,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tortosa observed that “the consolidation of the microalgae bank is fundamental for Spanish science and technology in the utilisation of these organisms for the production of clean energy and the elimination of carbonic anhydride.”
He further added: “The Bank is a work instrument for research groups and for the companies implicated, as well as a source of basic and applied knowledge. Thanks to it, the Canary scientific community, and also its technological centres and companies, will avail of a nearby instrument that will allow for rapid advances in these technologies.”
The IEO will furnish the project with EUR 2.6 million from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the ACIISI will assume the functions of coordination with official Canary institutions.
By Analia Murias