Current Public Private Partnerships

Sustainable downstream processing of vaccines through incorporation of nanobiotechnologies: novel affinity ligands and biomimetic membranes – DiViNe

Purification steps account for up to 80% of the manufacturing costs of most biological drugs. In the vaccine industry, purification processes are particularly complex as vaccines aim at protecting healthy people. Any contaminant must be removed via multiple elimination steps, which comes at the expense of product recovery: yields are low, product costs are high. Technically, this is partly due to the lack of specific capture systems for “positive” separation of the vaccine from its environment. The EU co-funded project DiViNe will tackle these technical and cost issues with innovative nanotechnology-based answers.

The concept of “positive“ vaccines purification by affinity chromatography will be developed to obtain high yields at affordable cost with a sustainable approach of water recycling at low energy consumption. For more information, please visit: http://divineproject.eu

Duration: 2015-2019

Funding framework: This project is co-funded by the European Commission through Horizon 2020, the European programme for research and innovation.

Danish partnership for Resource and water efficient Industrial food Production – DRIP

By 2025 the most competitive water consuming industries are those that apply a “water-fit-for-purpose” concept and are heading towards closed loop solutions supported by front-runner technology providers, with the required level of food quality and safety and in accordance with environmental regulations. This vision reflects that ego-efficiency is the overarching rationale implying that water efficient technologies and solutions shall enhance the competitiveness of the food industry by achieving an improvement in resource efficiency and environmental as well as economic performance. This is the challenge that technology and knowledge providers shall address and which characterizes clean-tech.

For more information, please visit: http://www.drippartnership.com

Duration: 2015-2019

Funding framework: Co-funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark (Innovationsfonden)

Membrane Energy Technology Operations – MEMENTO

Climate change and global urbanization leads to increased pressure on energy and water resources. This has important implications for industrial production. In addition, population growth in Third World countries further underlines the great challenge facing us in terms of demand for energy and water in the coming decades. New membrane processes can provide potential solutions to the dual-energy water challenge. Although the use of osmotic or electrochemical gradients for energy production and purification has been known for several years, the lack of research and development prevented industrial applications of membranes for energy production and energy-efficient water treatment. Sustainable energy and increased water efficiency are key competitive factors for Danish industry and the worldwide market for technology solutions that can increase energy and water efficiency in industrial production is enormous. In this project we will develop and integrate tools, skills and technology solutions for the optimal use of energy and water resources based on new membrane technology. We are two Danish universities, two water treatment companies, a technological service institute and two foreign university groups with world-class expertise. This will ensure Danish technology suppliers and consultants with a strong national and international research and development platform for global sustainable energy and water solutions. For more information, please visit: http://www.memento.env.dtu.dk

Duration: 2015-2019

Funding framework: Co-funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark (Innovationsfonden)

Optimised syngas fermentation for biofuels production – SYNFERON

Gasification of biomass and production of syngas (mixture of H2, CO2 and CO) results in very high (over 90%) conversion efficiency. However, syngas is not suitable for storage and/or use in the transportation sector and is not compatible with the natural gas grid. The proposed project aims at the development of a new technology platform which optimally combines thermochemical and biological processing of biomass. This is based on biomass gasification followed by fermentation of syngas to biofuels. The ultimate scope is a complete design which will include energy efficient product separation, process analysis and optimization as well as comparison to competitive market technologies. SYNFERON brings together three competent academic research groups from two Danish Universities, one technological consultancy and development company in the area of energy gases, one company and one SME in the separation process area, one German gasification company and a US academic partner expert in biomass gasification and syngas fermentation. It is our belief that SYNFERON objectives combined with the consortium’s skills ensure that the project results can bring Denmark in the forefront of energy production from thermochemical/biological processing of biomass, internationally. For more information, please visit: http://www.cere.dtu.dk/Research-and-Projects/Research-Projects/SYNFERON

Duration: 2015-2018

Funding framework: Co-funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark (Innovationsfonden)