CEVA Presentation

The CEVA (Center for Study and Promotion of Algae), located at Pleubian in the Côtes d’Armor (France), is a private research organization and a technical center of the ACTIA network, labeled as Agro-Industrial Technical Institute (ITAI) by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Located in the most productive European region for algae, and bordering an important alga field on a territory favorable to their culture, the CEVA is the only technical center in Europe dedicated to the study and promotion of algae.
Created in 1982 with the support of local Breton groups and industrials of the alga field, it organizes a research applied on algae (macro & micro), seagrass and marine biotechnologies. In particular, it ensures the transfer of scientific knowledge from the academic world to the industry field.
The CEVA has 25 permanent staff members. Among them, 18 have a college degree (technicians, engineers, PhDs in sciences). It owns a high-performance tool adapted to the identification,the production, the characterization and the transformation of algae :

  • Laboratories (1330 m²),
  • A technological hall (1000 m²) for the development of industrial preproduction,
  • Means of intervention on the field (remote-detection, cartography),
  • A ground platform for culture of macro and microalgae,
  • A sea farm.

In addition to the provision of technical assistance or research & development for industrials, the CEVA participates to R&D projects of the public collaboration type, on a national, European and world-wide level.

The various projects of the CEVA are often labeled with the following competitive clusters : Mer Bretagne, Valorial, Trimatec, Fibres, I.A.R, Vegepolys and Axelera.