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This project aims for high-efficiency enzyme production

By Scott Jenkins |

The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program has awarded a grant to a consortium working to raise yields and lower costs of large-scale industrial enzymes. The grant will fund a three-year project to increase yields of an enzyme product derived from Myceliophthora thermophilia C1, a microbe used in the production of biologically sourced natural gas (biomethane) from organic waste. Currently available enzymes have not specifically been developed for the production of biogas, project leaders say, and therefore have not met expectations. The enzyme product derived from M. thermophilia has shown the ability to reduce the cost of producing biogas from organic waste by 10%, project leaders say, but yields have been too low to make it viable for industrial-scale production. The objectives of the enzyme project, known as Demeter (www.demeter-eu-project.eu), are to increase the yield of this industrial fermentation process by at least 20%, improve the product recovery process by 40% and reduce overall product cost by at least 15%. To accomplish this, the project will follow a multi-scale approach, where enzyme productivity will be improved at the laboratory scale and in small pilot plants, while obtaining insights for…
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