Oct 2022 - Apr 2023
Circular innovation project around 3D printed marine biomaterials coated with microalgae for built environment improvement
The SeafoodforThought project aims to develop circular biomaterials based on the reuse of food waste, in particular shellfish waste such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters, to produce a printable filament to create a range of construction materials for application on interior walls. These 3D printed materials are designed inspired by nature, to allow microalgae to adhere and grow on these surfaces, allowing to obtain purified building interiors, due to the consumption of CO2 by these phototrophic microorganisms. The project thus aims to innovate in construction and interior design with green waste reuse strategies and the use of microalgae for air purification.
A4F AlgaFuel SA
University School of Design, Innovation and Technology (ESNE)
Centro Tecnológico de Investigación Multisectorial (CETIM)
A4F will test whether: 1) microalgae can be grown in the developed biomaterial under laboratory and indoor conditions, and 2) microalgae grown in the developed building product prototype can efficiently consume CO2, potentially improving air quality in interior spaces.