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Biological routes for CO2 conversion into chemical building blocks

Project description

Improving the sustainability of CO2 capture and conversion

Carbon capture technology holds great promise as a tool to prevent and mitigate the impacts of climate change. As a result, numerous organisations and innovators have focused on its development. However, the technology is still in its early stages, and current options are unable to effectively handle the high levels of CO2 emissions from industrial processes. In this context, the EU-funded BioRECO2VER project aims to showcase various biotechnological processes for capturing CO2 and converting it into valuable isobutene and lactate chemicals. These processes are not only more energy efficient but also more sustainable. The project will seek to achieve this by investigating solutions that minimise gas pre-treatment and maximise gas transfer, thereby reducing costs and improving overall sustainability.


The high-level goal of BioRECO2VER is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of more energy efficient and sustainable non-photosynthetic anaerobic and micro-aerobic biotechnological processes for the capture and conversion of CO2 from industrial point sources into 2 valuable platform chemicals, i.e. isobutene and lactate. To overcome several of the existing technical and economic barriers for CO2 conversion by industrial biotechnology, the project will focus on minimizing gas pretreatment costs, maximizing gas transfer in bioreactors, preventing product inhibition, minimizing product recovery costs, reducing footprint and improving scalability. To this end, a hybrid enzymatic process will be investigated for CO2 capture from industrial point sources and conversion of captured CO2 into the targeted end-products will be realized through 3 different proprietary microbial platforms which are representative of a much wider range of products and applications. Bioprocess development and optimization will occur along 2 lines: fermentation and bioelectrochemical systems. The 3 microbial platforms will be advanced to TRL 4, and the most promising solution for each target product will be validated at TRL 5 on real off gases. To prepare for industrial implementation and contribute to public acceptance, the technological activities will be complemented with virtual plant design, economic and sustainability assessments and extensive dissemination.
All activities will be executed by a well-balanced and experienced group of 2 Research and Technology Organizations, 2 universities, 4 SMEs and 4 large industries.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 714 235,00
2400 Mol

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 714 235,06

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