Enzymes and innovative industrial processes for the production of biogas

Funded under subcontract of a POR-FESR 2014-2020 programme. The project has awarded to the Industrial Biotechnology Group at ICGEB, headed by Giuliano Degrassi.

The project received 100k Euro in funding and will be leaded by Biogas Progetti srl. The project aims to optimize the use of biomasses, including organic industrial waste, with high energy potential in the biogas production obtained by the application of anaerobic fermentation technologies. In particular, the project focuses on those biomasses with a high content of cellulose, hemi-cellulose, pectin, keratin, lipids, etc. that at present do not find a satisfactory use in the production of biogas due to the limited degradation capacity of these substances by methanogenic bacteria.

The final aim will be twofold: (i) to facilitate the process of energy extraction during the anaerobic digestion of biomasses already commonly used and (ii) to make possible the digestion of waste biomass currently not used because of the reticence to the degradation and the presence of inhibitors, transforming their management from problem to resource.

Therefore, using genetic engineering and biotechnology, heterologous expression systems will be developed for the production of enzymes to be used in biomass pre-treatment processes.

Duration: 2018 – 2019

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