Dec 2012 - Jun 2017
Direct bioethanol from microalgae
The DEMA consortium aimed to develop and demonstrate a complete economically competitive technology for the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae with low-cost scalable photobioreactors by 2016. The DEMA Project carried out research and development on the complete biofuel-production process at two levels. In the first level, the performance of cyanobacteria were substantially enhanced by a series of metabolic engineering strategies to directly transform CO2, H2O, and sunlight into Bioethanol. In the second level, the bioethanol was continuously extracted from the culture media via a membrane technology process exploiting existing EU expertise and technologies.
Microalgae species: Synechocystis sp., Synechococcus sp.