The SBRC was founded through the support of a National and International Research Alliances Program (NIRAP) supported by the Queensland Government, KBR, Neste Oil, Siemens and Cement Australia as well as The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), University Bielefeld and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. It provides a research hub to encourage collaborative scientific projects for scale up between the Solar Biofuels Consortium members and their industry partners.
The development of high efficiency microalgae biofuel production systems is a complex interdisciplinary challenge requiring significant research capacity in the areas of biology, engineering and economics. The Solar Biofuels Consortium includes 7 international university teams, ~100 researchers and has over 10 industry partners. The Consortium and industry partners provide a unique combination of expertise in microbiology, biochemistry and metabolic and systems engineering with aims of developing high-efficiency production processes based on single celled green algae (microalgae) and advanced bioreactor systems.
- Queensland Government
- Neste Oil
- Cement Australia
- The University of Queensland
- University of Bielefeld
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology