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Reference Number InnUK/131835/01
Title Biochemical production of succinic acid from biorefinery glycerol: De-risking, scale-up, and feasibility
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Centre for Process Innovation - CPI
Award Type Feasibility Study
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 April 2015
End Date 31 May 2016
Duration 14 months
Total Grant Value £107,997
Industrial Sectors
Region North East
Programme Competition Call: 1401_FS_HVM_IBCATES1 - IB Catalyst Early Stage Feasibility Studies Round 1. Activity Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Early Stage (FS) Rnd1
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Centre for Process Innovation - CPI (86.859%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Chemoxy International Limited (13.141%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Manchester (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract This project addresses the production of succinic acid (SA), a top-added value chemical, through the fermentation of crude glycerol, the main biodiesel byproduct. Currently, SA is manufactured from petrochemicals or by fermentation of glucose. The bioconversion of crude glycerol will valorise this renewable side-stream, significantly improving the biorefinery economy, and providing an economic, sustainable SA production route with reduced carbon footprint. A combination of experimental methods at a range of scales, computational tools, and market analysis will be employed in order to: prove the feasibility of the downstream process, benchmark the succinic acid product against market standards, optimise the scale up of the fermentation process and identify and engage commercial end users. The aim is to make a significant step in reducing the risk of the proposed bioprocess to attract industrial investments, hence moving closer towards its industrial uptake and application.This project addresses the production of succinic acid (SA), a top-added value chemical, through the fermentation of crude glycerol, the main biodiesel byproduct. Currently, SA is manufactured from petrochemicals or by fermentation of glucose. The bioconversion of crude glycerol will valorise this renewable side-stream, significantly improving the biorefinery economy, and providing an economic, sustainable SA production route with reduced carbon footprint. A combination of experimental methods at a range of scales, computational tools, and market analysis will be employed in order to: prove the feasibility of the downstream process, benchmark the succinic acid product against market standards, optimise the scale up of the fermentation process and identify and engage commercial end users. The aim is to make a significant step in reducing the risk of the proposed bioprocess to attract industrial investments, hence moving closer towards its industrial uptake and application.This project addresses the production of succinic acid (SA), a top-added value chemical, through the fermentation of crude glycerol, the main biodiesel byproduct. Currently, SA is manufactured from petrochemicals or by fermentation of glucose. The bioconversion of crude glycerol will valorise this renewable side-stream, significantly improving the biorefinery economy, and providing an economic, sustainable SA production route with reduced carbon footprint. A combination of experimental methods at a range of scales, computational tools, and market analysis will be employed in order to: prove the feasibility of the downstream process, benchmark the succinic acid product against market standards, optimise the scale up of the fermentation process and identify and engage commercial end users. The aim is to make a significant step in reducing the risk of the proposed bioprocess to attract industrial investments, hence moving closer towards its industrial uptake and application.
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