The ever-increasing global energy demands, together with the negative environmental impact of fossil fuels, have reinforced the efforts to develop alternative fuel sources. The conversion of biomass-derived syngas (CO, H2 and CO2) into biofuels (mostly as ethanol) and commodity chemicals by microbial catalysts has gained considerable attention in past years as an alternative avenue to address the challenge. Though promising, low ethanol yield and accumulation of byproducts (mainly acetic acid) which is toxic to the process at high level are key challenges hindering the commercialization of syngas fermentation technology. In this context, EcoFuel is a timely and ambitious investigation, which proposes to address the aforementioned challenges by means of an innovative platform technology namely microbial electrochemical fermentation.
|Effective start/end date||01/07/2017 → 01/07/2020|
- microbial electrochemical fermentation