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Sustainable OLEOchemicals bioproduction

OLEOFERM

Max suitable conversion

Attaining maximum suitable conversion of organic wastes into SCFAs by means of anaerobic fermentation

Technlogy Trends

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Separation process

Development of an economic, energy efficient, and effective separation process for the separation and concentration of SCFAs

Phthalates Testing

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Metabolic routes

Identification of the metabolic routes involved in lipid production from SCFAs in oleaginous yeast

Quality Assurance

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How Oleoferm will contribute

OLEOFERM deals with the sustainable biotechnological conversion of organic wastes to short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and the further transformation of these SCFAs into microbial oils. Strikingly, the obtaining of microbial oils from SCFAs, that can increase the source of oleochemicals or replace somehow fossil-based chemicals by means of biotechnological route, has not been appropriately explored so far. In OLEOFERM, the anaerobic fermentation conditions to favor SCFAs production and accumulation will be optimized and an appropriated SCFAs separation and purification method will be designed. On the other hand, screening and selection of new yeast strains together with optimization of fermentation conditions are biotechnological tools utilized in this project to favor microbial oils production.

Expected Benefits

At present, the cost of microbial oil production is higher than those of vegetable and animal oils
OLEOFERM will facilitate the replacement of fossil fuels-based chemicals by sustainably produced oleochemicals from carboxylates via oleaginous fermentation.

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Project Funding

This project has received funding in the framework of the joint programming initiative ERA CoBioTech, with support from the Spanish Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) and European Union – NextGenerationEU/PRTR with reference number PCI2021-121936, the Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport, Slovenija and the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche.