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Novel business model enabled by a patented fermentation technology to produce 100% biodegradable textile fibres from CO2-emissions

Project description

Innovative fermentation technology for biodegradable textile fibres

The textile industry is among the most polluting sectors worldwide. Innovative models reducing pollution are needed. With this in mind, the EU-funded CO2TEXTILE project will create a disruptive business model in the textile industry by establishing new interconnections between CO2-emitting industries and the textile industry. The innovation relies on a patented fermentation technology that turns harmful industrial CO2 gases into valuable, 100 % biodegradable biopolymers. The technology captures CO2 emissions before their release into the atmosphere and uses them as feedstock to produce added-value PHA biopolymers through a highly efficient, high-yield fermentation process. The material fully decomposes within one year in industrial or home compost conditions or the marine environment preventing plastic pollution.

Objective

Our innovation is the creation of a disruptive business model in the textile industry by establishing a new interconnection between two industrial value chains that are typically not connected: CO2-emitting industry such as energy intense sectors, e.g. chemical industry, and the textile industry. The innovation is enabled by our patented fermentation technology which turns harmful industrial CO2-gases into valuable, 100% biodegradable biopolymers. We capture CO2 emissions before their release into the atmosphere and use them as feedstock to produce added-value PHA biopolymers through a highly efficient, high-yield fermentation process. In this process, 2.5 tonnes of CO2 are turned into 1 tonne of PHA biopolymer, from which textile fibres are produced and sold at current market prices (€1/kg). The material can be used for several years and fully decomposes within 1 year in industrial or home compost conditions or in the marine environment, thus preventing plastic pollution.

Coordinator

CO2BIOCLEAN GMBH
Net EU contribution
€ 2 258 375,00
Address
MERGENTHALERALLEE 73-75
65760 ESCHBORN
Germany

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Hessen Darmstadt Main-Taunus-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 3 226 250,00