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‘Empowering Rural Industries’

|20 February 2017|


Scotland is leading the world in providing smart local energy solutions.

The innovative ASLEE project – funded by the Scottish Government – is a prime example. It is advancing a game-changing solution to grid issues via a novel algal manufacturing process. Using excess renewable energy to grow high value microalgae will not just help overcome renewable intermittency and grid constraints, it will provide a new bioindustry for rural Scotland.


Integration of algal biomanufacturing with locally sourced renewable energy is a world first and demonstrates a new economic model to help meet Scotland’s ambitious energy strategy targets.  Multiple income streams, from energy generation, grid balancing services and sales of algal products, will also improve the viability of fragile rural economies.

The innovative ASLEE project will be showcased at the Empowering Rural Industries conference at the Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow on Monday 20th March. World-leading experts will gather to discuss the integrated nature of local rural economy and how innovation can realise the potential renewable energy resource, building sustainability and community resilience and contributing towards the circular bioeconomy. Click here for full details and free registration.




Project partners: Xanthella; ALIenergy; Woodlands Renewables/Ardnamurchan Estate; VCharge UK; University of the West of Scotland; SgurrEnergy; FAI Aquaculture/Ardtoe Marine Research Facility; Marine Environmental Research Laboratory/University of Stirling





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Iain Robertson
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Iain is an experienced writer, journalist and lecturer, who held editorships with a number of business focussed publications before co-founding and becoming editor of Innovators Magazine. Iain is also the strategic director for OnePoint5Media.

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