Panning for Green Gold: developing the algal bioeconomy: EnAlgae project documentary launched online

The Swansea University led EnAlgae project has launched its documentary on the project’s YouTube account, following its official unveiling at an event last month in the Taliesin Arts Centre at the University.

Panning for Green Gold: developing the algal bioeconomy tells the story of the work which has been undertaken on the project over the past four years.

The video is available for viewing on the EnAlgae YouTube page, or below.

Parts of the documentary were filmed on the University’s Singleton Park campus, as well as beauty spots on Gower, including Bracelet Bay and Langland Bay.

The film itself gives an insight into the context in which the work of EnAlgae was undertaken, and offers a vision of where the research and the algal industry might now journey in the future.

“It’s clear from all the work and studies we’ve done that algae for energy alone is not a viable proposition,” said the project’s principle investigator, Professor Kevin Flynn. “This documentary offers viewers an insight into why that is.

“It also presents the project within its historical setting, outlining the political framework and technological capabilities which have operated across our partnership during the lifetime of the project.

“We hope that this film, together with our decision support toolset and Algal Information Network, will help inform and educate anyone with a passing interest in our work and the wonders of algae.”

The EnAlgae project was led by Swansea University and funded by the European Union under the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme. EnAlgae united experts and observers from 7 EU member states to determine the potential benefits of algae as a future sustainable energy source.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the EnAlgae project can visit