Award value: £22,129.00. Valorisation of waste biomass from Latin-American rural communities into high value products and bioenergy

  • Rios Solis, Leonardo (Principal Investigator)
  • Barba, Carlos (Principal Investigator)
  • Guaman, Linda (Principal Investigator)

Project Details

Description

This proposal seeks to address the challenges expressed by the Latin-American rural communities to valorise agriculture waste into bioenergy or high value products.
The proposed consortium had previously identified great opportunities to valorise agricultural waste through the engagement of local NGOs and local academic partners in Mexico.
In this grant, we will further expand this concept to the countries of Mexico and Ecuador to recycle old materials into affordable and sustainable bioreactors which could operate without the need of electricity, making them very suitable to be applied in the rural communities to valorise biomass into biofuels and high value products using engineered microbial cell factories.
By developing and adapting novel biotechnologies to valorise the bio-waste in Latin-American rural communities, This grant will contribute to the inclusive economic growth of these communities by providing access to sustainable jobs while creating clean and affordable bioenergy.

Layman's description

This proposal seeks to address the challenges expressed by the Latin-American rural communities to valorise agriculture waste into bioenergy or high value products.
The proposed consortium had previously identified great opportunities to valorise agricultural waste through the engagement of local NGOs and local academic partners in Mexico.
In this grant, we will further expand this concept to the countries of Mexico and Ecuador to recycle old materials into affordable and sustainable bioreactors which could operate without the need of electricity, making them very suitable to be applied in the rural communities to valorise biomass into biofuels and high value products using engineered microbial cell factories.
By developing and adapting novel biotechnologies to valorise the bio-waste in Latin-American rural communities, This grant will contribute to the inclusive economic growth of these communities by providing access to sustainable jobs while creating clean and affordable bioenergy.

Key findings

Milestones:
• February 2020: Optimization of the selected anaerobic consortiums to produce biofuels using the advanced high-throughput tools
• April 2020: Successful production of biomass degrading enzymes in the engineered consortium (
• May 2020: Scale up selected anaerobic consortiums to produce biofuels (
• May 2020: Trial demonstration in collaboration with UPM in a rural community in Mexico and Ecuador of the anaerobic consortiums to produce biofuels
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/12/1910/06/20

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