Photanol developed a breakthrough technology to convert CO2 into valuable organic compounds. The Photanol-concept uses engineered cyanobacteria that turn CO2 directly and efficiently into predetermined products when exposed to light. By genetically introducing properties of fermentative bacteria into these cyanobacteria, the Photanol technology enables these bacteria to produce and excrete valuable compounds. The company is applying this technology in a number of markets, ranging from food ingredients to chemical bio-blocks and bio-fuels.
On the short term Photanol will produce very cost effective alternatives for products in the Flavors and Fragrances market and the food industry, delivering products with constant quality and supply, in a market that is prone to supply issues due to variability of feedstock. In the long term Photanol envisions providing a cost effective alternative production for bulk chemicals and fuels, which are highly dependent on oil and gas as feedstock.
Photanol currently employs more than fifteen researchers in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry and process engineering.
Photanol has received investments from ICOS capital and UvA Holding.
Role within the Project
Contributions in WP3 (Optimization of bioethanol producing strain)
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