The DEMA Project will carry out research and development on the complete biofuel-production process at three levels:
- The performance of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 will be substantially enhanced by a series of metabolic engineering strategies to directly at a concentration level of > 1-2% (v/v);
- The microalgae will be cultivated in autotrophic culture medium using advanced closed photobioreactors;
- The biothanol is continuously extracted from the culture media via a membrane technology process exploiting existing EU expertise and technology.