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BREMEN, Germany

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: OCEAN.2011-1 | Award Amount: 6.73M | Year: 2012

The key objective of the TROPOS project is the development of a floating modular multi-use platform system for use in deep waters, with an initial geographic focus on the Mediterranean, Tropical and Sub-Tropical regions but designed to be flexible enough not to be limited in geographic scope. The TROPOS approach is centered on the modular development where different types of modules can be combined as appropriate in each area. In this way, the TROPOS multi-use platform system is able to integrate a range of functions from the transport, energy, aquaculture and leisure sectors, in a greater number of geographical areas than if it was a set platform design. This subsequently provides greater opportunities for profitability. The TROPOS design will focus on a floating multi-purpose structure able to operate in, and exploit, deep waters, where fixed structures such as those piled in the seabed are not feasible. The multi-use platforms developed from the concept designs will have the potential to provide European coastal regions with appropriate aquaculture systems, innovative transport services as well as leisure and offshore energy solutions. The main S/T objectives of the project are: To determine, based on both numerical and physical modeling, the optimal locations for multi-use offshore platforms in Mediterranean, sub-tropical and tropical latitudes To research the relations between oceanic activities, including wind energy, aquaculture, transport solutions for shipping, and other additional services To develop novel, cost-efficient and modular multi-use platform designs, that enable optimal coupling of the various services and activities To study the logistical requirements of the novel multi-use platform To assess the economic feasibility and viability of the platform To develop a comprehensive environmental impact methodology and assessment To configure at least three complete solutions, for the Mediterranean, Sub-tropical and tropical areas

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.32M | Year: 2008

This project proposes a new -highly efficient- method for intracellular protein recovery form yeast electroextraction. Moreover, a novel bio processing strategy will be developed based on its combination with subsequent direct product capture onto a suitable solid phase. Selective recovery of the yeast intracellular soluble proteome will be attempted by permeabilization of cell envelope with high intensity electric field pulses. This treatment as already shown in laboratory experiments leads to a selective release of soluble cytoplasmic proteins, without cell disintegration and with high product yields. The electropermeabilization will be performed in continuous mode under conditions allowing greater selectivity for the targeted species, and limited protease release to avoid product damage. The method will be tested employing several types of commercially relevant yeasts. Sorption is a proven method for efficient product recovery from fermentation liquors or disrupted biomass. The compatibility of the electrically treated feedstock with commercial beaded adsorbents for direct product capture will be assessed, under real process conditions. Operational windows will be defined to allow for product sorption in stirred tank or fluidized bed contactors. Mass transfer properties of the whole system will be explored. Better utilization of total adsorbent ligand sites is expected since less potential interfering substances (nucleic acids, organelles, cell debris) will be liberated. Therefore, a powerful technology for intracellular protein recovery and purification can be envisioned by coupling electroextraction and immediate soluble product sequestration onto a suitable solid phase. Electroextraction will provide a route for more facile, efficient, and economical processing of intracellular bioproducts from yeast fermentations that are valuable for the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2011-1 | Award Amount: 1.24M | Year: 2011

Currently, different origin waste oils have been used mostly as animal feed, raw material for soap makers, and feed stock for fatty acid production. The existent patents and commercial processes to make fatty acids from waste oils always refers to hydrolysis and acidification steps using strong acids such as sulphuric or hydrochloridic acids, producing a mixture of fatty acids, inorganic salts, water, and other small components such as glycerine or phospholipids. Waste technical fats can provide a raw material basis for the production of surfactants. This amount of waste oil will serve as raw material for obtaining bio-surfactant and ester oils by biotechnological processes. This project Bio-SURFEST will develop two biotechnological processes at semi-industrial scale in order to produce two different classes of bio-products, bio-surfactants and ester oils (non useful for biodiesel production). Bio-surfactants will be produced by fermentative process and ester oils will be produced by enzymatic catalysis. Both biotechnological methods will use as raw materials or feedstock fry waste oil or technical fats. The main goal of the project Bio-SURFEST is to obtain high-value compounds such as bio-surfactants and ester oils from waste oils or technical fats, which represent a low value residue from a great variety of industries like hotels, restaurants, vegetable oil industry, biodiesel producers, etc. The aim of the present project is to determine suitable technical and economical production methods in order to obtain biosurfactants and other bio-products of high added value. Bio-SURFEST is focusing on the biotechnological optimisation of bio-products synthesis, using techniques such as fermentation and enzymatic catalysis. Using this approach, tailor-made bio-products will be obtained, purified and finally tested for their use in different applications.

Phytolutions Gmbh | Date: 2014-05-13

Building materials, not of metal; pipes for building purposes, not of metal; transportable constructions, not of metal; plastic bioreactors, namely, bioreactors made of plastic sheets, transparent plastic, and plastic sheets and transparent plastic. Plastic foils; plastic foils of transparent plastics; plastic sheets; plastic sheets of transparent plastics.

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