MacroFuels’ Invited Exhibitor at the World Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan

The European project presents its breakthroughs in seaweed-derived biofuels at “The Sphere”, the EXPO’s main pavilion.

From the 10th of June to the 10th of September ‘MacroFuels’ will be exhibited as one of eight invited projects on the biomass level on the 4th floor of the EXPO’s central exhibition venue, also known as ‘The Sphere’, which is entirely dedicated to the topic of ‘Future Energy’.

‘MacroFuels’ has been identified and invited by the EXPO 2017 and the Kazakh government as an initiative developing cutting edge technologies and solutions in energy biomass and given the chance to showcase it in the Main Pavilion of the EXPO 2017.

A ‘MacroFuels’ movie will be shown on the Sphere’s ‘Wall of the Future’, which will screen videos of the most promising approaches for future sustainable energy solutions as continuous loops during the EXPO.

In impressive visuals, the movie covers the ‘MacroFuels’ journey from biomass to biofuel, demonstrating seaweed cultivation and harvesting and explaining the main steps to producing a sustainable biofuel. The potential environmental benefits of a seaweed farm and European policy perspectives are among the highlighted topics of the movie.

In a ‘MacroFuels’ interactive Science Show, experts demonstrate hands-on the individual steps of seaweed conversion to biofuels and discuss with their interested audience, making the processes understandable for everyone.

MacroFuels – The Project

In MacroFuels, experts from six European countries concert their efforts to achieve breakthroughs towards the commercially viable production of third-generation biofuels from seaweed or macro-algae. Progress attempted by MacroFuels will pave the way towards a sustainable solution for biofuels that is not competing with arable land or food in contrast to 1st and 2nd generation biofuels derived from food-based crops and residuals.

In the last decade, seaweed has received increasing interest Worldwide as potential source of advanced biofuels production, which has resulted in a considerable attention from research, industry and policy makers. However, no large-scale, commercial algae-to-biofuels facilities had yet been implemented by the end of 2015.

Among the main barriers to large-scale deployment of macro-algae for biofuels is the high biomass yield that will be required for biofuels production on an industrial scale as well as generally high production costs. In addition, there are current needs for advanced cultivation and harvesting techniques at sea associated with both selective breeding and high biomass production for its conversion to biofuels. To overcome those barriers, MacroFuels will achieve urgently needed technological and process-oriented breakthroughs which will make it possible for seaweed-derived biofuels to eventually compete favourably with fossil or older generation equivalent fuels.

Advanced technologies and decreased production costs for third-generation biofuels will offer many novel opportunities for employment along the entire value chain. MacroFuels estimates that about 15,000 jobs can be created based on the EU target of 2.5% biofuels which corresponds to 5000 km of cultivated seaweed area.

The MacroFuels Exhibition Location – The Sphere

The defining symbol and the central venue of the EXPO 2017 site is the spherical Kazakhstan Pavilion in the centre of the Expo City. It is a glass ball of 80 meters in diameter the largest of its kind with two wind generators in the upper part. It has 8 floors and a total area of 26 thousand square meters.

The architectural design of EXPO 2017 embraces the Future Energy concept by being the first EXPO-City, where energy consumed by the EXPO 2017 community will all be provided from renewable sources. The expo site will have a lasting cultural and urban legacy far beyond EXPO 2017 as all the buildings are foreseen for post expo use. The Sphere will be continued as Science Museum in which the MacroFuels display will be included as a  permanent exhibition.

The EXPO 2017 in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan – ‘Future Energy’

The EXPO 2017 will be the first international exhibition held in Central Asia and CIS countries. Over 100 countries participate in the exhibition which expects about 3 million visitors.

The main topic of this year’s World Exhibition, “Future Energy”, seeks to bring together organizations, decision makers and visitors from all over the world in one place, inspired by a common goal.

In the past being known for its enormous fossil and mineral resources, Kazakhstan has taken a lead among Central Asian Countries in mapping a path towards a green economy as declared in the „Kazakhstan 2050”- Strategy with the goal of becoming one of the 30 most developed countries in the world.

For further details, please refer to our MacroFuels website at or contact us directly.


Rita Clancy
‘MacroFuels’ Communication Officer
EURIDA Research Management
Wenckebachstr.  712099 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 223 28 439