IB PRIME COMPETITION (OCTOBER 2018) WINNING PROJECT: CELLUCOMP AND UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Validating a potential ethanol toxicity reducing additive from vegetable waste

The circular economy requires innovation in valorisation of waste products and disconnection from traditional fossil-based energy sources. CelluComp produces a valuable material: ‘Curran®’ from co/waste products from the agri/food industry and has been working with Karl Burgess (KB) and Polyomics to explore useful applications for the waste generated by its production.

This project aims to further validate CelluComp’s Curran® waste streams through the development of an additive which has shown in preliminary experiments to increase process tolerance in a range of microbes. We will confirm the effect by repeating the initial experiment, apply the additive to lab and commercial production strains of yeast and perform chemical analysis of the additive’s effect.

Additionally, if the work is successful in replicating the initial effect, we will test the process at scale in IBIOIC’s pilot plant. Validation of the effect could have a considerable commercial impact for CelluComp.

Industry Partner: Cellucomp

Academic Partner: University of Edinburgh - Karl Burgess

IBioIC Funding: £48,850.00

Total Project Cost: £112,850.00