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GoodByO

Multi-commodities microbial-driven BiOrefinery based on food-processing industry wastes, biogenic CO2 and bioprocess wastewaters

Project details

Type of project
Research & Innovation Action
Project focus
Food, feed & cosmetics
Feedstock origin
Organic waste
Feedstock type
Industrial waste streams
Project period
1 October 2024 - 31 March 2028
Status
Upcoming
CBE JU Contribution
€ 4 929 06
Call identifier
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2023

Summary

Manufacturing is the leading CO2 emission industry in Europe. It needs disruptive solutions to reduce emissions, such as leveraging biogenic organic residues and CO2-based feedstocks. 

GoodByO aims to create a new generation biorefinery using food waste, biogenic CO2, and bioprocess wastewaters to produce bio-based products. The project will implement this visionary concept at the ChainCraft BV bio-plant by making use of its gaseous and liquid side-streams as sustainable zero-cost feedstocks. By exploiting the metabolic diversity of microbial catalysts, GoodByO will develop and validated at TRL5 four different microbial factories . The project will also design an in silico renewable energy system capable of sustaining the fluctuating demand of the integrated biorefinery over time, by adopting biomethanation process as grid-balancing system. GoodByO will produce bio-octanoic acid, bio-hexanol, carotenoids, microbial proteins and organic fertilisers meeting market requirements at cost-competitive selling price with benchmarks. This will encourage end-user companies to replace fossil- and palm-oil based products with bio-based ones. The successful scale-up of GoodByO processes and the market penetration will strongly increase EU global leadership in the manufacturing -industry while advancing the biotechnology sectors using CO2 too.

GoodByO is developing a new generation multipurpose biorefinery with technologies using carbon and waste-based processes to create novel cost-efficient and sustainable bio-based products. To achieve this, GoodByO will:

  • Develop a pioneering large-scale production of valuable bio-octanoic acid by using waste from the food processing industry and gas fermentation liquid effluent as co-substrate; additionally generating two residue streams that can be used as zero-cost feedstock for other microbial-based value chains.
  • Develop a novel gas fermentation process based on the acetogenic bacterium Clostridium carboxidivorans for bio-hexanol production from the CO2 fraction of biogas plus green H2, with the use of the exhaust microbial biomass for animal feed.
  • Using bioprocess wastewaters as feedstock and an innovative photobioreactor system to develop a cost-effective process for microalgal carotenoid production, and biomass protein use as animal feed.
  • Developing a novel biological anaerobic biogas desulfurization process combined with sulphur-rich microbial biomass recovery as organic bio-fertilisers.
  • Obtaining stable and transferable production performance for scale-up and commercialisation by validating the long-term stability and flexibility of the developed biocatalyst and continuous bioprocesses with real feedstocks at TRL5.
  • Mapping, quantifying, and covering the biorefinery energy needs with a renewable energy-based power supply system using biomethanation as an intermediate energy storage strategy.
  • Developing a consolidated roadmap for the scale-up and commercialisation of GoodByO technologies .

GoodByO is expected to advance the EU’s global leadership in sustainable biotech-based manufacturing industries in line with the CBE JU goals, by:

  • Consolidating EU’s research and infrastructure capacity in biotechnology and fermentation tech.
  • Setting an example for biorefineries and showing the feasibility and viability of integrating different microbial-based manufacturing processes.
  • Promoting the use of biogenic CO2 streams and biorefinery waste effluents as zero-cost feedstocks.  
  • Minimising EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by offering a greener solution to companies.
  • Reducing freshwater consumption by recycling bioprocess water effluents.
  • Decreasing EU’s agricultural land use for animal feed production by offering sustainable solutions to conventional animal feed.
  • Encouraging the uptake of bio-based products by end users to substitute fossil- and palm-oil based products .
  • Defossilising EU’s manufacturing industries.
  • Increasing the EU’s raw material security, by reducing imports of fossil fuel and palm oil.
  • Promoting the chemical storage of green H2 within consumer goods.
  • Boosting integration of biorefinery and renewable energy sectors.

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Project coordination

  • FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA Genova, Italy

Consortium

  • BRITE HELLAS SA THESSALONIKI, Greece
  • CHAINCRAFT BV Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN Wien, Austria
  • Masarykova univerzita Brno, Czechia
  • CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION Pikermi, Greece
  • CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE Roma, Italy
  • KRAJETE GMBH PASCHING, Austria
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO Torino, Italy
  • CIB-CONSORZIO ITALIANO BIOGAS E GASSIFICAZIONE Lodi, Italy