This project started in december 2006. The goal
of the Shamash project is to produce biofuel from autotrophic microalgae.
These organisms can accumulate fatty acids up to 50% dry weight. Their
productivity is then 30 x higher than oil crops.
Shamash is an integrated research project. It
involves 7 public research teams and a private company. The project
associates a wide range of specialists : algae culture, physiology and
metabolism, process design and optimisation, biofuels and lipids
extraction and purification, engine testings.
The all budget is about 2.8 millions euros. The
national program on bioenergies researches support this project for 0.8
project is coordinated by Olivier Bernard.