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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.

Coordinator

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

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 1 375 171,16

Participants (8)

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 533 296,25
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban

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Region
Highlands and Islands Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, Arran & Cumbrae and Argyll & Bute
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 533 296,25
A4F ALGAFUEL SA
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 733 973,75
Address
Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar Campus Do Lumiar Edificio E R/c
1649 038 Lisboa

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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
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 733 973,75
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 332 952,50
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 332 952,50
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 524 875,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 524 875,00
SUBITEC GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 507 390,00
Address
Julius-holder Strasse 36
70597 Stuttgart

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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
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 507 390,00
PROTEUS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
23 Rue Bossuet Zi De La Vigne Aux Loups
91160 Longjumeau

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Essonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
MICROPHYT
France
Net EU contribution
€ 646 000,00
Address
713 Route De Mudaison
34670 Baillargues

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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
Occitanie Languedoc-Roussillon Hérault
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 646 000,00
SENSIENT COSMETIC TECHNOLOGIES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
7 Rue De L'industrie
95310 Saint Ouen L'aumone

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Val-d’Oise
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00