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Algae for a biomass applied to the production of added value compounds

Objective

ABACUS gathers 2 large industries, 3 algae SMEs and 4 RTOs. It aims at a business-oriented and technology-driven development of a new algal biorefinery, thereby bringing to the market innovative algae-based ingredients for high-end applications, spanning from algal terpenes for fragrances to long-chain terpenoids (carotenoids) for nutraceuticals and cosmetic actives. One key objective of ABACUS is to obtain more than 10% photosynthates of targeted terpenoids. For this purpose, ABACUS selects and optimizes unique algae strains from 4 large culture collections owned by project’s partners. Moreover, ABACUS focuses on optimizing cultivation steps and mastering production of target products by online monitoring and automated control of photobioreactors with the development of specific sensors for terpenes and for the parameters relevant to terpene’s production (light, PO2, PCO2, nutrients). ABACUS investigates the fractionation steps to provide green low-cost downstream processing with a view to reduce operational expenses of the whole production line. Life cycle analysis and techno-economic analysis are fundamental guidelines of ABACUS’s developments to ensure that technologies and products are economically and environmentally sustainable. Applicability of targeted ingredients is assessed by the industrial partners (SMEs and large industries with established access to markets) considering cosmetic and nutraceutical applications. ABACUS aims to demonstrate biorefining processes allowing valorizing up to 95% of the algal biomass into high value ingredients and by-products. EU standards and market regulations associated to innovative bioprocesses and new ingredients are reviewed in order to demonstrate the acceptability of the ABACUS biorefinery. ABACUS key advantage lies in its business-oriented workplan, gathering key players along the whole product development chain and incorporating most-advanced technologies for efficient growth and fractionation of microalgae.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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Funding Scheme

BBI-RIA - Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 375 171,16

Participants (8)

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 533 296,25
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban
Activity type
Research Organisations
A4F ALGAFUEL SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 733 973,75
Address
Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar Campus Do Lumiar Edificio E R/c
1649 038 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 332 952,50
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 524 875
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Subitec GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 507 390
Address
Julius-holder Strasse 36
70597 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROTEUS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
23 Rue Bossuet Zi De La Vigne Aux Loups
91160 Longjumeau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MICROPHYT
France
EU contribution
€ 646 000
Address
713 Route De Mudaison
34670 Baillargues
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENSIENT COSMETIC TECHNOLOGIES
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
7 Rue De L'industrie
95310 Saint Ouen L'aumone
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)