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Sustainable PoLymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons

Objective

The 4-year SPLASH project will develop a new biobased industrial platform using microalgae as a renewable raw material for the sustainable production and recovery of hydrocarbons and (exo)polysaccharides from the species Botryococcus braunii and further conversion to renewable polymers. The project comprises 20 partners of which 40% SME and several large corporates plus universities and research institutes.
Two bioproduction platforms will be explored: (1) green alga Botryococcus braunii on its own and (2) the
green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, to which the unique hydrocarbon and polysaccharides producing genes from Botryococcus will be transferred. SPLASH will deliver knowledge, tools and technologies needed for the establishment of a new industry sector: Industrial Biotechnology with algae and/or algal genes for
the manufacture of polyesters and polyolefins. The building blocks for these polymers will be derived from the sugars (polyesters) and hydrocarbons (polyolefins) exuded by the algae: adipic acid from galactose,
2,5-furandicarboxylic acid from glucose, rhamnose and fucose, 1,4-pentanediol from rhamnose and fucose, ethylene from ‘green naphtha’, propylene from ‘green naphtha’.
The conversion of ethylene and propylene to polyolefins is common technology, and will not be included in the project. The sugar-derived building blocks will be converted to new condensation polymers, including
poly(ethylene 2,5-furandioate) (PEF). End-use applications include food packaging materials and fibres for yarns, ropes and nets. The project encompasses (1) development of Botryococcus as an industrial production platform, (2) Systems biology analysis, (3) Development of procedures for production, in situ extraction and isolation, (4) product development.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/phycology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/carbohydrates
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/aliphatic compounds
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food packaging

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 122 062
Administrative Contact
Annemieke Koedoot (Mrs.)

Participants (22)

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 149 553
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Costas Kiparissides (Prof.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 622
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Verstichel (Mr.)
PAQUES TECHNOLOGY BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 18 001
Address
Tjalke De Boerstjitte 24
8561 EL Balk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacco Huisman (Dr.)
NIELS-HENRIK NORSKER

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 161 388
Address
Kildegardsvej 75
2900 Hellerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels-Henrik Norsker (Mr.)
VALUE FOR TECHNOLOGY BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 143 015
Address
Acaciastraat 14
3071 Erps-kwerps
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Willems (Mr.)
AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 662 657
Address
Zekeringstraat 29
1014 BV Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ed De Jong (Dr.)
LIFEGLIMMER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 866 088
Address
Markelstrasse 38
12163 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vitor Martins Dos Santos (Prof.)
PURSUIT DYNAMICS PLC

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 44 392,91
Address
Kingfisher Way Shackleton House
PE29 6HB Huntington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcus Fenton (Dr.)
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 379 400
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Achim Raschka (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 124 279
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 469 028
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
PNO CONSULTANTS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 111 929
Address
Laan Van Zuid Hoorn 15
2289 DC Rijswijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aya Van Den Kroonenberg (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE HUELVA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 320 072
Address
Calle Dr Cantero Cuadrado 6
21071 Huelva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Encarni Cobacho Daza (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 848 610
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tom Bessems (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 468 338
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Olaf Kruse (Prof.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Germany
EU contribution
€ 451 571
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Hippler (Prof.)
EGE UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 79 860
Address
Ege Universitesi Kampusu
35100 Izmir
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ozlem Yesil-Celiktas (Dr.)
LANKHORST EURONETE PORTUGAL SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 11 500
Address
Rua Da Cerfil - Capitao Gramaxo
4475-468 Nogueira - Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Areosa (Mr.)
RHODIA OPERATIONS
France
EU contribution
€ 188 212
Address
25 Rue De Clichy
75009 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvain Le Roulley (Mr.)
CELLULAC LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 764 502,09
Address
Second Floor, Unit 14, Galway Technology Park, Parkmore
- Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcus Fenton (Mr.)
NORSKER INVESTIGACIONES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 243 452
Address
Calle San Isidoro 2, Apt 8
41004 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels-Henrik Norsker (Mr.)
FOTOSINTETICA & MICROBIOLOGICA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 164 400
Address
Via Di Santo Spirito 14
50125 Firenze Fi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liliana Rodolfi (Dr.)