ABACUS gathers 2 large industries, 3 SMEs and 4 RTOs. It aims at a business-oriented and technology-driven development of a new algal biorefinery, thereby bringing to the market innovative algae-based ingredients for high-end applications, spanning from algal terpenes for fragrances to long-chain terpenoids (carotenoids) for nutraceuticals and cosmetic actives.
One key objective of ABACUS is to obtain more than 10% photosynthates of targeted terpenoids. For this purpose, ABACUS selects and optimizes unique algae strains from 4 large culture collections owned by project's partners.
Our partners SAMS and Microphyt published a review providing tools and a broad overview of the regulatory processes of carotenoid production from microalgae and other novel feedstocks. In the frame of WP5 (Fractionation), CSIC partner integrated two green compressed fluid-based processes to obtain an astaxanthin-enriched extract from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae. (see "News" for more details).
workshop was organised by CEA as part of the ABACUS project. The event
gathered more than 100 participants representing industrials (from large groups
to SMEs), R&D and technology providers, equipment manufacturers for algae
culture, academics and stakeholders, from 7
UP COMING EVENTS
In addition to the 6 articles already published, ABACUS project will be valorized through 7 new articles related to work done in WP2, WP5 and WP7.
After 3 years of intensive collaborations between its 9 partners, ABACUS project is close to release its high added-value compounds for cosmetics and nutraceutics.
Moreover, ABACUS focuses on optimizing cultivation steps and mastering production of target products by online monitoring and automated control of photobioreactors with the development of specific sensors for terpenes and for the parameters relevant to terpene's production (light, PO2, PCO2, nutrients). ABACUS investigates the fractionation steps to provide green low-cost downstream processing with a view to reduce operational expenses of the whole production line. Life cycle analysis and technical-economic analysis are fundamental guidelines of ABACUS's developments to ensure that technologies and products are economically and environmentally sustainable.
Applicability of targeted ingredients is assessed by the industrial partners (SMEs and large industries with established access to markets) considering cosmetic and nutraceutical applications.
ABACUS aims to demonstrate biorefining processes allowing valorizing up to 95% of the algal biomass into high value ingredients and by-products. EU standards and market regulations associated to innovative bioprocesses and new ingredients are reviewed in order to demonstrate the acceptability of the ABACUS biorefinery.
ABACUS key advantage lies in its business-oriented workplan, gathering key players along the whole product development chain and incorporating most-advanced technologies for efficient growth and fractionation of microalgae.
This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 745668.
ABACUS_BBI JU video
Interview of the project coordinator, Jean-François Sassi
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.