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DIC Joins Project for Biomanufacturing Paint & Ink Raw Materials from CO₂ and H₂

Published on 2023-08-08. Edited By : SpecialChem

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DIC Biomanufacturing Hydrogen Oxidizing Bacteria CO2 DIC Corporation, Sojitz Corporation, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Green Earth Institute, Toray Industries and Daicel Corporation conclude an agreement with Japanʼs New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for a joint project focused on the development of revolutionary biomanufacturing technology to engineer hydrogen oxidizing bacteria that utilize CO2.

The project was selected for sponsorship under NEDOʼs Green Innovation Fund Project category, 'Promotion of Carbon Recycling Using CO2 from Biomanufacturing Technology as a Direct Raw Material'.

Promising Option for Carbon Neutral Society

The project entails R&D for manufacturing a variety of chemical products and feed raw materials from CO2 and H2. This new biomanufacturing technology will be the worldʼs first example of a commercialized bioprocess directly using CO2 and H2 for productions of chemicals and presents a promising option for realizing a carbon neutral society.

The hydrogen-oxidizing bacterium to be engineered is one of the microorganisms that have fastest CO2 fixation rate. Leveraging this high fixation capacity through genetic engineering, it is possible to engineer bacterial strains that can produce useful chemical products with high efficiency.

The resulting compounds are then used as raw materials in a wide variety of daily applications including plastics, ink, paint, textiles and cosmetics. Additionally, the bacterial residues produced in the biomanufacturing process from the biomanufacturing process can be utilized as an alternative protein source for feed which presents a solution to the recent rise in demand for alternative protein sources.

The biomanufacturing technology will therefore simultaneously raise the decarbonization value of businesses and provide a solution to food problems.

Alongside the development of bacterial strains, scale-up demonstrations will be conducted to establish a safe and highly efficient gas fermentation method and to accurately measure CO2 reduction effects to add environmental benefits to products.

All six organizations will combine their acquired expertise, technologies and functions to realize social implementation of this next generation biomanufacturing technology in order to advance the structural transformation of chemical products and materials industries which address growing decarbonization needs.

Source: DIC Corporation

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