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BIOtechnological processes based on microbial platforms for the CONversion of CO2 from ironsteel industry into commodities for chemicals and plastics

Objective

The main objective of BIOCON-CO2 is to develop and validate in industrially relevant environment a flexible platform to biologically transform CO2 into added-value chemicals and plastics. The versatility and flexibility of the platform, based on 3 main stages (CO2 solubilization, bioprocess and downstream) will be proved by developing several technologies and strategies for each stage that will be combined as puzzle pieces. BIOCON-CO2 will develop 4 MCFs based on low-energy biotechnological processes using CO2 from iron&steel industry as a direct feedstock to produce 4 commodities with application in chemicals and plastics sectors using 3 different biological systems: anaerobic microorganisms (C3-C6 alcohols by Clostridia), aerobic microorganisms (3-hydroxypropionic acid by Acetobacter) and enzymes (formic acid by recombinant resting E. coli cells and lactic acid by multi-enzymatic system). The technologic, socio-economic and environmental feasibility of the processes will be assessed to ensure their future industrial implementation, replicability and transfer to other CO2 sources, such as gas streams from cement and electricity generation industries. BIOCON-CO2 will overcome the current challenges of the industrial scale implementation of the biotechnologies routes for CO2 reuse by developing engineered enzymes, immobilization in nanomaterials, genetic and metabolic approaches, strain acclimatization, engineered carbonic anhydrases, pressurized fermentation, trickle bed reactor using advanced materials and electrofermentation. The project aims to capture at least 4% of the total market share at medium term (1.4Mtonnes CO2/year) and 10% at long term (3.5Mtonnes CO2/year) contributing to reduce EU dependency from fuel oils and support the EU leadership in CO2 reuse technologies. Policy recommendations and public perception and acceptance will be explored and a commercialization strategy will be executed by a detailed exploitation plan and technology transfer.
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ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

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Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa

Spain

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EU Contribution

€ 951 123,75

Participants (19)

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ARCELORMITTAL BELGIUM NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 642 125

ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 228 685

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 400 040

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 413 825

PERVATECH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 178 578,75

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 311 150

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 529 402,50

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 399 875

AquaTT UETP Ltd

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 151 785

NUTRITION SCIENCES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 253 125

NESHER ISRAEL CEMENT ENTERPRISES LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 194 375

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 566 212,50

AES GENER SA

Chile

BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 834 190

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 443 015

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 307 322,50

COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG

Germany

BELGISCH LABORATORIUM VAN DE ELEKTRICITEITSINDUSTRIE LABORELEC CVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 82 618,75

ARTIFICIAL NATURE, S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 112 437,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 761042

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 999 886,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 999 886,25

Coordinated by:

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain