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Gas fermentation technology

142 2023. 4. 10.
Gas fermentation technology


An Italian Company developing biomass gasification technology is looking for partners specialized in gas fermentation technology to test jointly the conversion of renewable syngas to added value renewable products, such as chemical building blocks, biofuels or biofertilizers.

Stage of Development

TRL 1 - Under development / lab tested


The Company is a young startup born out of the research experience of three PhDs in the field of bioenergy and has won relevant awards, including the 2022 Italian National Innovation Award for the industrial sector. The Company is developing a fixed-bed gasification technology operated with oxygen and steam and conceived on a simple design that favors small-scale and decentralized operations. 


The technology can deliver a gas mixture with high hydrogen content (> 35%), nitrogen content close to zero and low hydrocarbon contamination and it enables a degree of flexibility relative to the desired product gas composition. While the company is currently engaged in TRL 4-5 testing campaigns, the team is interested to test the system in integration with a downstream microbial fermentation unit to validate the conversion of syngas to a set of added value products, that may include: 1) chemical building blocks, such as acetate and volatile fatty acids or microbial proteins; 2) biofuels, such as biomethane, bioethanol, or hydrogen; or 3) microbial compounds of interest for the agricultural sector, such as active microbial consortia with biofertilizer or biostimulant properties. 


The partnership could take place through EU funded programs, such as Horizon Europe, or through other arrangements.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

The partner needs to have experience in the development and testing of biological conversion technologies for anoxic or aerobic gases into renewable chemical building blocks or renewable products such as biochemicals, bioplastics precursors, biofuels, biofertilizers, or others.

Technology Keywords

4.2.1 Fuel cell, hydrogen production
4.5.1 Gaseous biomass
4.5.4 Liquid biomass

Market Application Keywords


Sector Group

Energy Intensive Industries

Type and Size of Client


Type and Role of Partner Sought

The partner is expected to develop solutions for the conversion of anoxic gases or mixtures of anoxic gases and oxygen to renewable chemical buildings blocks or biofuels, particularly through biological processes. The partner will work with the Company to develop a joint conceptual solution foreseeing the integration between their gas conversion technology and the Company’s gasification technology and will collaborate to write one or more proposals for EU funded programs such as Horizon Europe.

Type of Partnership Considered

Research cooperation agreement



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