CyanoFuels, Sustainable production of solar fuels
Time period: 2019-01-01 to 2022-12-31
Project leader: Peter Lindblad
Funder: Swedish Energy Agency
Type of award: Project grant
Total fundning: 3 992 455 SEK
There is an urgent need to develop renewable and climate/carbon dioxide neutral fuels. CyanoFuels targets alcohols, ethanol and butanol, which can be used as drop-in fuels in gasoline and diesel engines. Ultimately all primary energy is from the sun. A direct conversion of solar energy into the fuel of choice is theoretically the most energy efficient system with the highest solar energy to “solar fuel” conversion efficiency. Photosynthetic microorganisms (cyanobacteria) is one of the few options for this direct solar fuel production. In CyanoFuels, every single cell of the engineered cyanobacteria will function as biocatalysts for renewable, carbon dioxide neutral ethanol and butanol production. The novelty and uniqueness in CyanoFuels is the combination of cyanobacteria producing solar fuels like ethanol and butanol in the most efficient direct processes with an introduced capacity of increased CO2 fixation and thereby even higher solar energy and carbon utilisation efficiencies.