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PROMOFER

Boosting upstream and downstream processes to maximize yield of PHB production and 2,3-butanediol.

Project details

Type of project
Innovation Action - Demonstration
Project focus
Bio-based polymers & plastics
Feedstock origin
Agri-food waste
Forestry waste
Feedstock type
Food industry sidestreams
Lignin & wood residues
Project period
1 June 2024 - 31 May 2028
Status
In progress
CBE JU Contribution
€ 5 840 012,75
Call identifier
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2023

Summary

Known as biodegradable or renewable materials, bioplastics are one of the most in-demand bio-based products. However, there is a need to improve the material’s properties and broaden its application areas to meet the market demands.

PROMOFER aims to address this issue by producing high-value bioplastics applications from two kinds of feedstock - lignocellulosic biomass and food industry waste - and improving fermentation processes, as well as downstream purification. The circular bio-based products resulting from these processes can be used in geotextile net, coated paper packaging, and technical textile applications in the fashion industry.

To achieve its objective of improving the fermentation process and downstream purification, PROMOFER aims to:

  • Apply an efficient pre-treatment to lignocellulosic biomass.
  • Develop microbial-based processes to transform different types of post-industrial wastes into polymers.
  • Improve fermentation capabilities and performance of microbial production of polymers by using different methodologies, among which genetic engineering.
  • Improve polymers extraction and purification by applying environmentally friendly alternatives.
  • Apply an efficient process design for the fermentation to maximise the accumulation of produced polymers.
  • Obtain bio-based polymeric compounds and demonstrate their performance through the production of prototypes for packaging and agricultural applications.
  • Improve the environmental performance across all fermentation process stages.
  • Assess public awareness and acceptance of bio-based products, as well as support acceptance of scalable bio-based solutions.

The PROMOFER project expects to:

  • Make available new industrial biotechnology-based production routes for bio-based products from sustainably sourced biomass.
  • Improve productivity, yield, titre, and selectivity of scaled-up fermentation processes for bio-based products.
  • Increase competitiveness of European biorefineries.
  • Improve the environmental performance across the value chain against fossil-based or bio-based benchmarks.
  • Improve circularity and resource efficiency via practical application of the circular bioeconomy concept.
  • Promote social acceptance of circular bio-based solutions and products.
  • Make a broader range of bio-based products available that meet market requirements.
  • Facilitate market uptake of scalable bio-based solutions.

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Project coordination

  • AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS PATERNA VALENCIA, Spain

Consortium

  • STICHTING PDC RESEARCH FOUNDATION Breda, Netherlands
  • NOVAMONT SPA Novara, Italy
  • UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN Dublin, Ireland
  • VEGEA SRL Bergamo, Italy
  • PAQUES BIOMATERIALS BV BALK, Netherlands
  • BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW Desteldonk Gent, Belgium
  • ELLINIKI ETAIREIA ANAPTYXIS VIOMAZAS (EL.E.A.VIOM.) ATHINA, Greece
  • RIGHT-CLICK Montpellier, France
  • CELIGNIS LIMITED Limerick, Ireland
  • GESTION AMBIENTAL DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA SA Cuenca, Spain
  • ETAM ANONYMH ETAIREIA SYMBOYLEYTIKON KAI MELETHTIKON YPIRESION Irakleio, Greece
  • INSTITUTO REGIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGROALIMENTARIO Y FORESTAL DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA Tomelloso, Spain