ABACUS – Algae for biomass applied to the production of added value compounds
- Project team:
EU Horizon 2020
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- 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
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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.
Comparative life cycle assessment of astaxanthin production with Haematococcus pluvialis in different photobioreactor technologies.
2020. Algal Research, 50, Article no: 102005. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2020.102005
Comparative life cycle assessment of microalgae cultivation technologies for added value compound production.
2019. Algae Biomass Summit (2019), Orlando, FL, USA, September 16–19, 2019
Comparative life cycle assessment for h. pluvialis cultivation with different technologies for astaxanthin production.
2019. Workshop "Alg’in Provence" (2019), Arles, France, October 1–2, 2019
Life cycle assessment of added value compounds production with microalgae.
2019. 29th SETAC Europe Annua Meeting (2019), Helsinki, Finland, May 26–30, 2019
ABACUS - BBI: a joint Euroean initiative to Foster algae as a biomass applied to the production of added value compounds.
2018. COSM’ING 2018 : Cosmetic Ingredients and Biotechnology, Saint-Malo, F, July 4-6, 2018
Life cycle assessment of add value compounds extraction from microalgae.
2018. 5th International ISEKI_Food Conference, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, July 3-5, 2018
Life cycle assessment of H. Pluvialis cultivation for carotenoids production.
2018. AlgaEurope (2018), Amsterdam, Netherlands, December 4–6, 2018
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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