Circular Bioeconomy

ALGAFARM microalgae facility and MARTO’S wood processing industry

The tour will enable conference participants to experience and learn about two industrial facilities where biomass resources are being utilized in different ways, but that have in common the application of innovative technologies and/or processes.


Enjoy the visit to Algafarm microalgae facility located in Pataias, owned by Secil, a Portuguese cement company. One of the objectives of this project is to evaluate if microalgae can be part of the solution for the capture of the C02 emitted from the cement production. The microalgae produced are then utilized for either research or commercial purposes, with the possibility of being applied to cosmetics, food and animal feed production and bio stimulation. The commercialization of the microalgae is carried out by Allmicroalgae, a company created within the Secil group specifically to carry on this activity.

The unit operates in closed systems, based around the processes of photosynthesis and fermentation. Currently, this is the biggest microalgae production unit in Europe and work is being developed to optimize and scale up the production process, while bolstering the use of CO2 by the microalgae.

The unit is the result of a strong investment by Secil in I&D.


Martos Group is a forest-based industry founded in 1981 as a sawmill company, dealing with the production of wood for construction, wood pallets and more recently wood pellets as its main products.

The availability of a large quantity of by-products from the sawmill activities, namely wood chips and sawdust, led Martos Group to invest in a pellet production unit in 2010. The investment in pellet production allows Martos to generate value for its own by-products and create synergies with local sawmills that since became important partners for the production of renewable and sustainable high-quality biofuel.

Martos Group is an example of Circular Economy application in a forest-based industry in regards to the use of wood raw material, sawmill by-products valorization, pellets production and the use of forest biomass for energy purposes.


  • Nominal production of sawn wood: 17.500 m3/year
  • Nominal production of wood pallets: 900.000 unit/year
  • Nominal capacity of Heat Treatment (HT) for 15.000 pallets/week
  • 4 MW biomass boiler
  • Nominal production of wood pellets: 25.000 tons/year
  • By-Products from sawmill consumed in the production of wood pellets: 150.000 m3/year
  • 75% of the raw material consumed in the production of wood pellets comes from its own sawmill, mainly pine (pinus pinaster), the further from local sawmills.
  • 4 MW biomass furnace
  • Biomass from forest consumed in the production of thermal energy: 15.000 tons/year
  • 95 direct jobs

31st May 2019
Meeting point – Centro de Congressos de Lisboa (CCL)

  • 08:00 – 10:00 – Transport from CCL to ALGAFARM microalgae facility
  • 10:00 – 12:00 – Technical tour to ALGAFARM microalgae facility
  • 12:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 16:00 – Technical tour to MARTO´s wood processing industry
  • 16:00 – 18:00 – Transport to Lisbon Portela Airport and CCL

General conditions of participation

The price for the tour is EUR 100,00 (including travel and lunch).
Maximum participants: 30          Minimum: 15
Spaces are limited and will be allocated to EUBCE participants on a first come – first served basis. 

The organiser reserves the right to cancel the tour in case of an insufficient number of participants, organisational reasons, force majeure or other unforeseeable events that render the execution of the tour impossible. The organiser shall immediately inform participants of such changes. Should the tour be cancelled by the organiser for the above cited reasons, the organiser will refund the technical tour registration fee in full. Claims for further liabilities or damages are excluded.

ALGAFARM Microalgae Facility

MARTO’s wood processing industry