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Dr V Sivasubramanian visited Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, to conduct a week long Algal technology programme during March 2012. This programme included conference on phycoremediation, workshop on algal isolation and cultivation and visits to industries in Colombia. Uni Norte, CORE BIOTECH and Phycospectrum join together to implement phycoremediation technology to treat industrial effluents and wastewater in Latin America. This programme was organized by the Biotechnology Research Group and the Group Rational Use of Energy and Environment Preservation, UREMA of Uni Norte An MOU has been signed between CORE BIOTECH and PERC for implementation of algal technology in Latin America. PHYCORE is a JV between these two institutes. . . Click here to view news video

PHYCORE : Algae Power: A joint technology implementation programme between CORE BIOTECH, Colombia and Phycospectrum has been initiated with the successful installation of a 20 KL integrated tanks system (Pilot demonstration plant) at Pacific Rubiales oil drilling site near Bogota to treat petrochemical wastewater by employing micro algae. Based on the success of the pilot plant, scaled up plant is being designed for installation which will handle 300,000 barrels of petrochemical effluent every da


20KL integrated tanks system and algal growth in the effluent at Pacific Rubiales, Colombia

PHYCORE's Project on treatment of slaughter house effluent, Colombia

PHYCORE has started a pilot plant installation to clean waste water from Camaquey slaughter house, Barranquilla, Colombia using its improved micro algal technology. Scaled up plant would be handling 850m3 every day.

Camaquey Slaughter house waste water pond and PHYCORE's Pilot Plant at Colombia

Iran's First Algal cultivation facility at Chabahar, Iran

With technical support from PERC, Chennai, ALGIRAN, an Iranean algal biotech company has established a pilot demonstration facility at Chabahar Freezone, Iran.. MORE

PERC's Collaboration with PML and Swansea, UK

Project entitled “Using flow cytometry and genomics to characterize, understand andoptimize micro algal:bacterial consortia cultivated on waste water for the production of biofuel” supported by DBT, India and BBSRC, UK. (Reference: BT/IN/Indo-UK/SuBB/23/NT/2013 dated 30th August, 2013)

Micro algae are considered as favourite organisms for biofuels due to their higher photosynthetic efficiency and productivity than higher plants. Algal production still seems to be very expensive due to  higher capex and opex costs. Integrating algal production systems with waste water treatment can reduce dependence on valuable freshwater and expensive  nutrients. PERC, India has been involved in installing micro algae based effluent treatment systems in India and has a collection of robust algal species isolated from industrial effluent treatment sites. Interaction between symbiotic bacteria and micro algae plays a significant role in remediation and algal biomass production. Presence of bacterial population also would help in harvesting micro algae due to bioflocculating potentials. In depth study of this micro algal – bacterial interaction would help us understand the system better. This knowledge may help us in improving algal productivity and oil content and reducing cost of production considerably. Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK has the expertise and latest techniques to investigate this interaction and PERC and BDU, India have the expertise in handling micro algal – bacterial systems in pilot scale and beyond.The present collaboration will benefit both the countries in gaining more knowledge on this very crucial aspect of bacterial and micro algal symbiotic association.

The research team includes Dr. N. Thajuddin and Dr G. Muralitharan of Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli - 620 024, India, Dr. V. Sivasubramanian, Director-Tech, Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC), Anna Nagar, Chennai - 600 040.India and Dr. Carole Llewellyn, Dr Daniel White and Dr Karen Tait of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Dr. Carole Llewellyn and Dr Daniel White of PML, UK visiting PERC lab on 26th November 2013

A joint collaborative programme between the UK and India is working on a bioenergy project where algae could help solve social problems by cleaning industrial effluent.

Dr Carole Llewellyn from the Swansea University College of Science recently hosted a visit by two experts from India to see the Swansea University’s CSAR aquaculture and microalgal facilities and to meet Welsh Water and Tata Steel Industry. The visitors Professor, N Thajudden, a microbiologist and expert in cyanobacteria from Bharathidasan, Thiruchirappali and Dr V Sivasubramanian, Director of Phycospectrum Environment Research Centre (PERC), an international company based in Chennai, met Carole and Dr Alla Silkina from the College of Science to discuss future projects under the jointly funded UK-BBSRC and India-DBT programme. MORE ON THIS STORY

PERC visited Lund University, Sweden

Dr V. Sivasubramanian, Director of Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC), hold a SASNET lecture at Lund University on Monday 23 May 2016, 13.15–14.00. The seminar, organized in collaboration with Division of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Department of of Technology and Society, at Lund University, is entitled ”Microalgal Biotechnology and Phycoremediation technology research in India”. Venue: Seminarierummet, Miljö- och energisystem, V-huset second floor, entrance G2, John Ericssons väg 1, Lund. MORE ON THIS STORY

Dr V Sivasubramanian delivering a talk at Lund University, Lund, Sweden

PERC visited Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.

Dr V Sivasubramanian was invited to deliver a talk on algal technology research in PERC and discuss about collaborative research programme with Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland during May 2016. Dr Jukka Rintala, Professor and Head Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering discussed with Dr V Sivasubramanian about collaborative programmes.

Dr V Sivasubramanian meeting Dr Jukka Rintala and later delivering a talk at, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

PERC's Participation in Indo- European collaborative programme on Bio-mass and Bio-energy

Dr V Sivasubramanian, Director - Tech, PERC, was invited to participate in Mini-SYMPOSIUM and TWINNING WORKSHOP- Developments in Sustainable Biomass Valorisation,EU-India R&D collaboration on Biomass and Biowaste held at Untrecht, The Netherlands during October 2013 under SAHYOG programme.


Participants at Mini Symposium and workshop at Utrecht, The Netherlands. Dr V Sivasubramanian, PERC, at Panel Discussion of SAHYOG programme


PERC's Indian Collaboration with Phycolinc Technologies.

Hettich India, Baroda - Pilot plant to manage high Nickel effluent

Pilot plant at HETTICH, Baroda

PERC has successfully installed a pilot plant at Hettich Appliances, Baroda, to manage effluent with high nickel. The microalgae has the potential to treat the highly Ni contaminated acidic effluent to less toxic and neutral pH effluent. The algae can tolerate the high Ni conc. (1500-2000 ppm), and low pH (1.5-2.0). This was done with Phycolinc Technologies.


R/O Reject management with algal technology


PERC has successfully installed a pilot plant at BRINTONS CARPETS, PUNE, to manage R/O reject as a better alternative to Multiple Evaporator system.


Scaled up Plant at Pasupati Acrylon, Kashipur, India:

PERC has recently developed a micro algae based technology to treat the most toxic Gel Dye effluent at an Acrylon manufacturing industry in India. This new technology removes colour, reduces COD and detoxicify the dye effluent and make it suitable for reuse. The process has been scaled up (550 KL). The industry can save 120 thousand USD/year on chemicals when this technology is implemented in large scale