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Multienzymatic system for converting CO2 and ethanol into lactic acid for biodegradable polymers

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Date of analysis

Innovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 25/01/2020

Project

This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project BIOCONCO2. Details of this project are provided below:

Project acronym: BIOCONCO2

Project Title: BIOtechnological processes based on microbial platforms for the CONversion of CO2 from ironsteel industry into commodities for chemicals and plastics

Project description: The main objective of BIOCON-CO2 is to develop and validate in industrially relevant environment a flexible platform to biologically transform CO2 into added-value chemicals and plastics. The versatility and flexibility of the platform, based on 3 main stages (CO2 solubilization, bioprocess and downstream) will be proved by developing several technologies and strategies for each stage that will be combined as puzzle pieces. BIOCON-CO2 will develop 4 MCFs based on low-energy biotechnological processes using CO2 from iron&steel industry as a direct feedstock to produce 4 commodities with application in chemicals and plastics sectors using 3 different biological systems: anaerobic microorganisms (C3-C6 alcohols by Clostridia), aerobic microorganisms (3-hydroxypropionic acid by Acetobacter) and enzymes (formic acid by recombinant resting E. coli cells and lactic acid by multi-enzymatic system). The technologic, socio-economic and environmental feasibility of the processes will be assessed to ensure their future industrial implementation, replicability and transfer to other CO2 sources, such as gas streams from cement and electricity generation industries. BIOCON-CO2 will overcome the current challenges of the industrial scale implementation of the biotechnologies routes for CO2 reuse by developing engineered enzymes, immobilization in nanomaterials, genetic and metabolic approaches, strain acclimatization, engineered carbonic anhydrases, pressurized fermentation, trickle bed reactor using advanced materials and electrofermentation. The project aims to capture at least 4% of the total market share at medium term (1.4Mtonnes CO2/year) and 10% at long term (3.5Mtonnes CO2/year) contributing to reduce EU dependency from fuel oils and support the EU leadership in CO2 reuse technologies. Policy recommendations and public perception and acceptance will be explored and a commercialization strategy will be executed by a detailed exploitation plan and technology transfer.

Project end date: 31/12/2021

More info:

  • Read more about this project on CORDIS (find names of contact persons and their phone numbers on the CORDIS page)

  • Details of this project on the Horizon 2020 dashboard

Key Innovator(s)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

WAGENINGEN, NL

Higher Education Institute / Research Centre

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

CERDANYOLA DEL VALLES, ES

Higher Education Institute / Research Centre

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

GRONINGEN, NL

Higher Education Institute / Research Centre