An EU-funded Project About Increasing Microalgae Biomass Production is Underway


We are pleased to announce the start of an EU-funded project where its goal is to develop new technologies (or knowledge) to increase microalgae biomass production; hence advance the research for more sustainable bio-fuels.


Prodigio project, entitled 'Developing early-warning systems for improved microalgae PROduction and anaerobic DIGestIOn', is developing the next generation of renewable energy technologies. The project's virtual kick-off meeting, organized by Institut de Ciències del Mar of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC-ICM), occurred in late January 2021 where the consortium, comprised of leading research centers from Europe and Taiwan, detailed its goals and expectations while explaining each partner’s individual roles and responsibilities. We are excited to start the project and we are looking forward to working with everyone involved.

As the process of monitoring a crucial task for bioprocess optimization, it will play a role in the digitization of future bio-based production systems. While these technologies are underdeveloped, system failure prediction technologies must be an integral part of monitoring schemes. Prodigio project will establish a base of knowledge for system failure prediction technologies, decode the triggers, identify early-warnings, define threshold values, and calculate warning times, which could contribute to increasing resource and energy efficiencies by more than 50%.

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About Prodigio Project

PRODIGIO is an EU-funded project that plan to establish a base of knowledge for the development of system failure prediction technologies that increase the performance of microalgae production and anaerobic digestion systems and advance towards more favourable techno-economic, environmental and social performance to achieve more sustainable microalgae biogas. The project aims to decode the triggers, identify early-warnings, define threshold values, and calculate warning times for critical state transitions in bioreactors. The technology behind the project could contribute to increasing resource and energy efficiencies >50% throughout the production chain, which would translate into OPEX savings and GHG emissions reduction. The results of the project will pave the way for moving the entire microalgae biogas production chain efficiently towards its theoretical maximum, enabling the development of a fully integrated and truly sustainable microalgae biogas production industry and contributing to strengthening the EU's leadership in renewable fuel technologies. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101007006. Visit for more information.

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About IDConsortium

IDConsortium is a consultancy firm founded in Seville, Spain, in 2009 with the aim of helping researchers and businesses to internationalise and showcase their R&D by joining international consortiums to pursue different lines of research, development, and innovation. The firm is an offshoot of IDAction S.L., a company with a wide range of experience in managing R&D, innovation, and investment projects. We help promote clusters and sectorial organizations reach their potential at a national and international level. With our experience and involvement in various international innovation projects, we provide strategic advice in the following areas: Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced production systems in Agriculture, Livestock and Aquaculture based on Industry 4.0., and Innovative systems while promoting an active, healthy, and sustainable aging. Visit for more information.