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ABACUS – Algae for biomass applied to the production of added value compounds

ABACUS – Algae for biomass applied to the production of added value compounds
Project team:

Rösch, Christine (Project leader), Cristina Onorato

Funding:

EU Horizon 2020

Start date:

2017

End date:

2020

Project partners:

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux energies alternatives, CEA; The Scottish Association for Marine Science LBG, SAMS; A4F Algafuel SA; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT; Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CSIC; Subitec GmbH, SUBITEC; PROTEUS; MICROPHYT; SENSIENT Cosmetic Technologies, SENSIENT CT

Research area:

Sustainability and environment

Project description

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ABACUS project
ABACUS project

The main goal of the ABACUS project is to develop a new algal biorefinery concept, based on the production of added value compounds from microalgae, with a focus on terpenes for fragrances and long-chain terpenoids (carotenoids) for nutraceuticals and cosmetic activities, and to perform life cycle and techno-economic analysis of the process. Prerequisite are the selection of unique algae strains oriented to the production of terpenes, the optimization of cultivation systems, the development of specific in-line sensors for the terpenes monitoring and the investigation of innovative fractionation technic to provide a green low-cost downstream process.

The project will be carried out by a European consortium constituted by two large industries, three small enterprises and four research institutes that cover a large range of competencies in algae, biomass processes, biomass extraction, life cycle assessment (LCA), techno-economic assessment (TEA), and market survey. The project is divided into 9 work packages (see figure).

ITAS is in charge of analyzing the value chain of the total life cycle of the algae bio-based products (Work Package 7). The production costs of algal products are often much higher than those of conventional chemical or natural products and, therefore, a technological development is necessary to make them competitive in the selected market. One focus of ITAS will be to determine the most cost-effective options developed in the project by the members of the consortium and provide a detailed analysis of how the costs of algae could be decreased. The other focus of ITAS will be to investigate the perception of algal products by consumers. A systematic literature review and a customer survey on the perception of algal goods will be conducted.


Contact

Dr. Christine Rösch
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe
Germany

Tel.: +49 721 608-22704
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