Work packages

Work Package 1 – Project management

Lead Partner
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associación (LEITAT), Spain
Work Package Leader
Lorena García
Contact details
logarcia[at]leitat.org

Objectives

  • coordination and management of all BIOCON-CO2 project activities and communication between partners and with the European Commission (EC)
  • revise and maintain project work plan
  • ensure an accurate and on time communication flow among project partners and with EC in order to track the project progress and meet its objectives
  • complete the project within the agreed time schedule and budget

Work Package 2 – CO2 capture, mixtures and solubilisation strategies

Lead Partner
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associación (LEITAT), Spain
Work Package Leader
Guiomar Sánchez
Contact details
gsanchez[at]leitat.org

Objectives

  • develop a range of strategies focused on characterising gas composition and solving issues regarding the way CO2 is supplied as a feedstock, and likewise, increasing its bio-availability for four microbial cell factories (MCFs)
  • first stage of the flexible platform aimed at developing strategies applicable to different types of microorganisms and enzymes to match gas composition with microbial/enzymes requirements by creating gas mixtures and designing approaches for maximising CO2 solubility
  • Information defined in this WP will be crucial to:
    1. propose synthetic gases mixtures to work with at laboratory scale
    2. define boundaries for bioconversion processes
    3. propose and develop strategies for increasing gas-liquid mass transfer and CO2 solubility, and
    4. guide the microbial and enzyme optimisation strategies in WP3-WP5 to adapt them for using raw CO2 waste

Work Package 3 – Clostridia fermentative process for alcohols production

Lead Partner
Stichting Wageningen Research (WFBR), Netherlands
Work Package Leader
Ana López Contreras
Contact details
ana.lopez-contreras[at]wur.nl

Objectives

  • apply the second stage of the flexible platform on the development of a MCF to produce C3-C6 alcohols
  • synthetic gases simulating iron and steel industry off-gases will be applied for the optimisation of the MCF, taking into account the results obtained in WP2 related to gas composition and requirements
  • the most effective strategies and operational conditions for the MCFs will be evaluated and transferred to WP7. Additionally, process metrics and data will be transferred to WP8 for socio-economic evaluation and environmental sustainability analysis

Work Package 4 – Oligotropha carboxidovorans fermentative process for 3-hydroxypropionic acid production

Lead Partner
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associación (LEITAT), Spain
Work Package Leader
Guiomar Sánchez
Contact details
gsanchez[at]leitat.org

Objectives

  • apply the second stage of the flexible platform on the development of a MCF to produce 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP)
  • synthetic gases simulating iron and steel industry off-gases will be applied for the development and optimisation of the MCF, taking into account the results obtained in WP2 related to gas composition
  • the most effective strategy and operational conditions for the MCF will be evaluated and transferred to WP7. Additionally, process metrics and data will be transferred to WP8 for socio-economic evaluation and environmental sustainability analysis

Work Package 5 – One-pot biocatalytic systems for formic acid and lactic acid production

Lead Partner
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain
Work Package Leader
Gregorio Álvaro
Contact details
gregorio.alvaro[at]uab.cat

Objectives

  • develop and optimise two MCFs to obtain formic acid and lactic acid from CO2
  • synthetic gases simulating iron and steel industry off-gases will be applied for the optimisation of the MCF, taking into account the results obtained in WP2 related to gas composition and requirements
  • samples of the non-purified MFCs products will be sent to WP6 for downstream and physico-chemical validation studies
  • the best strategy and operational conditions for each MFC will be evaluated to be transferred to WP7. Additionally, process metrics and data will be transferred to WP8 for socio-economic evaluation and environmental sustainability analysis

Work Package 6 – Downstream and validation of the obtained products

Lead Partner
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TECNALIA), Spain
Work Package Leader
Tomás Roncal
Contact details
tomas.roncal[at]tecnalia.com

Objectives

  • create an integrated tool, defining the optimum separation/purification operations for target compounds produced during WP3-5
  • develop downstream strategies applicable to different types of target molecules, taking into account the characteristics of the effluents from WP3-5 and the characteristics of building blocks (C3-C6 alcohols, 3-HP, formic and lactic acid)
  • purified building blocks and products obtained will be tested downstream to validate the final products in their main market applications
  • best strategy and operational conditions of each MCF will be evaluated and transferred to WP7

Work Package 7 – Demonstration in industrially relevant conditions

Lead Partner
ArcelorMittal Belgium NV (ARCELORMITTAL), Belgium
Work Package Leader
Eric De Coninck
Contact details
eric.deconinck[at]arcelormittal.com

Objectives

  • validation of each MCF in an industrially relevant environment to allow the target chemicals to be implemented in real environmental settings
  • pilot setup will be developed on-site where industrial waste gases are available. In this way, the influence of real off-gases can be assessed and the performance of the MCFs can be addressed
  • resulting processes will be assessed, including the recovery of the products C3-C6 alcohols; 3-HP, formic acid and lactic acid and post-downstream reactions to obtain final products

Work Package 8 – Socio-economic evaluation, environmental sustainability and public perception

Lead Partner
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
Work Package Leader
Sotirios Karellas
Contact details
sotokar[at]mail.ntua.gr

Objectives

  • sustainability assessment of the technologies and chemical products investigated in BIOCON-CO2 to create awareness and engage with key stakeholders, in particular to prepare for future upscaling and process integration into industry
  • assessment will measure environmental, macro-economic, social and political sustainability. The environmental assessment is a core-part of a process evaluation in view of a ‘greener’ technology framework. Moreover, macro-economic and social sustainability evaluation is also required to highlight the benefits of technological implementation at an EU-level

Work Package 9 – Impact through dissemination, communication, training and exploitation

Lead Partner
ARTTIC (ARTTIC), France
Work Package Leader
Andreas Schweinberger
Contact details
schweinberger[at]arttic.eu

Objectives

  • disseminate results of BIOCON-CO2 to target audiences
  • establish and coordinate a BIOCON-CO2 community
  • develop and coordinate the Evaluation Board
  • organise and plan the future exploitation of BIOCON-CO2 results including: initial and mid-term workshops (exploitation issues, business model, etc.), economic and industrial sustainability modelling, preparation of an exploitation plan and networking activities (involving relevant stakeholders)
  • establish an ”Exploitation and Innovation Management Team” (EIMT) to manage the innovation of the project and to prepare the exploitation of the project results
  • create specific training activities to transfer knowledge within the consortium
  • communicate generally about the project

Work Package 10 – Ethics requirements

Lead Partner
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associación (LEITAT), Spain
Work Package Leader
Lorena García
Contact details
logarcia[at]leitat.org

Objectives

  • ethical requirements that the project must adhere to
Page updated: 31st May 2018