Technical strategy of the SYNPOL project:
The SYNPOL project aims at the establishment of a platform that will integrate syngas production and fermentation technologies for the cost-effective commercial production of high-added value biopolymers.
The project will also demonstrate the efficient and techno-economic feasible production of “green” fine chemicals using an overall sustainability assessment perspective. The proposed work plan (see Figure) comprises three main goals:
i) Strain design. Studies that will allow obtaining the most efficient strains for syngas conversion into bio-based chemical building blocks and biopolymers.
ii) Process optimization. Main step of the process, i.e., syngas production, syngas fermentation, downstream process and biopolymer synthesis will be optimized to increase the yield, reduce costs and decrease environmental impact.
iii) Exploitation. Studies concerning degradation, life cycle and production plant design will be performed in order to demonstrate the commercial viability and sustainability of the SYNPOL technology. It will also include activities for dissemination of results, training and management.
These major goals will be achieved through the implementation of the following WPs which are dealing with:
(WP1) Production of syngas.
(WP2) Improvement of microorganisms.
(WP3) Fermentation design.
(WP4) Biopolymers design.
(WP5) Biopolymer degradation and life cycle.
(WP6) Exploitation, dissemination and training activities.