Project Overview

AT A GLANCE

PROGRAMME: HORIZON 2020 (BIOTEC-05-2017)
TYPE OF ACTION: Research and Innovation Action (RIA)
DURATION: January 2018 – December 2021 (48 months)
CONSORTIUM: 18 partners in 9 countries
COORDINATOR: Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associación (LEITAT), Spain

THE CHALLENGE

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a naturally occurring greenhouse gas present in the Earth’s atmosphere. However, human activities have led to an exponential increase in levels of the greenhouse gas through actions such as the burning of fossil fuels for industrial production. CO2 acts to trap heat in the atmosphere, leading to global warming. Currently, CO2 re-use via biological processes is one of the most promising and valuable technological ways to reduce otherwise harmful CO2 emissions, potentially making CO2 a valuable commodity rather than a pollutant. However, research behind full development of CO2 re-use technologies is in its infancy and several technical issues remain unresolved, including industrial-scale implementation.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The overarching objective of BIOCON-CO2 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid overexploitation of natural resources. BIOCON-CO2 aims to develop and validate a platform of flexible and versatile techniques capable of using biological processes to transform raw CO2 waste from the iron, steel, cement and electric power industries into value-added chemicals and plastics. Exploring novel biotechnological solutions, the project intends to generate new knowledge to develop commercially viable strategies for reducing Europe’s dependency on fossil fuel resources. This will lead to the increased sustainability of the chemical industry and provide support for European leadership in CO2 re-use technologies.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Assessment and validation of three low-energy microbial processing systems capable of converting CO2 emissions from iron and steel manufacturers into valuable industrial products.
  • Production of four chemical building blocks produced using CO2 re-use technologies that have application in the food/feed, chemical (acrylates, polymers, surfactants) and plastic industries.
  • Development of strategies for improving industrial productivity by using novel and sustainable forms of energy in industrial production processes.
  • Pilot installation in an industrial setting upon project completion which demonstrates and validates the effectiveness of four chemical building blocks produced using CO2 re-use technologies.
  • Creation of a detailed mid-and-long term exploitation plan to commercialise the project outputs and support the EU as a global leader in CO2 re-use technologies.
  • Improved public perception of CO2 re-use technologies through transparent and responsible communication, dissemination, knowledge transfer and exploitation of outcomes of the project.
Page updated: 13th June 2018