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Biotechnological conversion of carbon containing wastes for eco-efficient production of high added value products

Objective

The applicants propose the development of a sound industrial process that unites the urgently needed solution of industrial waste problems with the creation of essential alternative strategies for polymer industry. This will be done by the biotechnological conversion of waste streams from slaughterhouses, rendering and biodiesel industry towards biodegradable polymeric materials. Slaughterhouse waste is converted towards fatty acid esters (FAMEs, biodiesel). Subsequently those FAME fractions that negatively influence the biodiesel properties as a fuel are biotechnologically converted towards high-value polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers. This brings together representatives of the envisaged lead users: waste producers from animal processing industry and bio-fuel industry with the polymer industry looking for alternatives technologies. Providing long-term strategies for long-term problems, the project will result in value creation for all players and provide innovative biotechnological approaches for absolutely needed eco-efficient alternatives to contemporary industrial polymer production. The development of this integrated process will be accomplished by beyond the state-of–the-art inputs of microbiology, genetics, biotechnology, chemical engineering, polymer chemistry- and processing and life cycle analysis, combined with feasibility studies for marketing of the final products. The compiled Consortium absolutely conforms to the requirements to fulfill the envisaged project aims. Research will be done in close cooperation between academic and industrial partners. The project activities aim at solving local waste problems affecting the entire EU; the solutions will be developed on local scales, but are meant to be applied to the entire EU and will provide cost-efficient and sound alternatives for polymer industry.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 284 889
Administrative Contact
Martin Koller (Dr.)

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 168 977
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sergio Casella (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB - FACULTY OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY - UZAG PBF
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 123 847
Address
Pierottijeva 6
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Predrag Horvat (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 222 359
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Mittelbach (Prof.)
ARGENT ENERGY (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 212 660
Address
Biggar Road 236-240 Newarthill
ML1 5FA Motherwell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Scott (Mr.)
TERMOPLAST
Italy
EU contribution
€ 80 072
Address
Via Magenta Snc Cap
50050 Gambassi Terme (Firenze)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Malossi (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 407 868
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emo Chiellini (Prof.)
CENTRUM MATERIALOW POLIMEROWYCH IWEGLOWYCH POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK*CMPIW PAN
Poland
EU contribution
€ 116 372
Address
Ul. M Curie Sklodowskiej 34
41 819 Zabrze
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marek Kowalczuk (Prof.)
KEMIJSKI INSTITUT
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 90 660
Address
Hajdrihova 19
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maja Miric (Ms.)
ARGUS Umweltbiotechnologie GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 146 074
Address
Kitzingstrasse 11-13
12277 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Horst Niebelschütz (Dr.)
ULRIKE REISTENHOFER GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 41 882
Address
Anton-bauer-weg 17
8112 Gratwein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Reistenhofer (Mr.)