7 - November - 2022
Producing novel non-plant biomass feedstocks and bio-based products through upcycling and the cascading use of brewery side-streams
SYSPRO AUTOMATION is taking part in the EU-funded Horizon Europe project CHEERS (topic HORIZON-CL6-2021-CIRCBIO-01-05). CHEERS is a new biorefinery concept, inspired by nature’s biodiversity (insect and microbial platforms) with the objective of revalorising underutilised or waste secondary streams such as bagasse, wastewater, CO2 and CH4 from the brewing industry for conversion into innovative bio-based products that are competitive at market level. CHEERS sustainable transformation processes using innovative biological platforms inspired by nature will be validated on a demonstration scale at Mahou San Miguel’s brewery in Alovera (ES).
CHEERS offers a modular solution where bio-based industries can configure their optimal combination by selecting from 5 novel biotechnological routes that generate 5 bioproducts for industrial applications, with attractive market opportunities: insect protein, disinfectant, microbial protein, ectoin and caproic acid. All CHEERS value chains are based on new bioprocesses and/or innovative biofermenters combined with sustainable transformation processes, which will be validated at demonstration scale in an industrial brewery. Ultimately, a minimum 45% reduction of the carbon footprint will be achieved in each value chain.
Our role within the project will be perform the microbial conversion of CH4 to single cell protein (SCP) and ectoin. Basic and detailed engineering of the demonstration units for microbial CH4 conversion will be carried out with the design of a forced circulation loop bioreactor with internal gas recycling for SCP and a Taylor flow bioreactor with internal gas recirculation to improve CH4 mass transfer to ectoin.
The project started on September 1st, 2022, it will last 4 years and gathers 11 partners and 1 affiliated entity from 5 different countries.