The aim of the BioRECO2VER project is to investigate the possibility of microorganisms converting carbon dioxide into compounds used in the production of valuable chemical products, including bioplastics. The initiative received funding under the European Horizon 2020 Program (grant agreement No. 760431), the largest research and innovation funding project in history of the European Union.
The four-year project focuses on improving biotechnology processes that convert CO2 from production plants into valuable chemicals such as isobutene and lactate, used, inter alia, in the production of packaging, fuels or tires. As part of the work, microorganisms that can transform gas streams containing carbon dioxide are selected. The two most promising microbiological processes will be brought to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5, which means that their operation will be verified in an environment similar to the real one. The technology of CO2 capture with the participation of enzymes from industrial gases is also checked.
An international consortium combines industry experience with academic knowledge. Apart from the Polish company, the project consortium includes VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), EnobraQ, Technical University of Luleå, Global Bioenergies, IDENER (Optimización Orientada a la Sostenibilidad), CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Universitat de Girona, NOVA (Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH), Cementos Portland Valderrivas, Arkema and Nature Works.
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