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SPLASH: Sustainable Polymers from algae

SPLASH will broaden the range of platform biochemicals and biopolymers produced by biotechnological routes by making use of an algal species (Botryococcus braunii) with a unique ability to produce, as the main biomass component, compounds (long chain hydrocarbons) that can be used as a substitute for typical petrochemical raw materials and components as well as specific exopolysaccharides a resource for new functionalities and applications.

Performing an early innovation assessment and developing optimal exploitation strategies to facilitate successful market entry.

The concept of SPLASH

The overall concept of SPLASH is to produce biopolymers by using B. braunii as a producer and/or gene source for hydrocarbon and polysaccharide-producing genes. B. braunii and C. reinhardtii (both green microalgae) will be developed as production platforms. In addition, C. reinhardtii will be used to test candidate hydrocarbon-producing genes identified from B. braunii. An integrated downstream process for product recovery and further conversion of the hydrocarbons into polyolefin building blocks ethylene and propylene, and conversion of polysaccharides into adipic acid, 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (2,5- FDCA) and 1,4-pentanediol, will be developed. These dicarboxylic and diol building blocks will be further polymerised into (co-)polyesters PEF (a substitute for PET) and PPeAF, and tested in the production of polymer fiber applications and packaging, respectively.


Stakeholder analysis by PNO

The stakeholder analysis determined stakeholders’ position regarding the industrial deployment of the SPLASH platform by means of an online survey, which measured among others their influence, interest and attitude towards the platform. Based on their high potential influence and clear interest in the SPLASH platform, algae production & processing companies, end-user companies, local governments/clusters and research organizations are key players in the industrial deployment of the platform. 

The stakeholder analysis was performed by PNO Consultants (NL) with support of Nova-Institute (DE), Value for Technology (BE) and Wageningen UR (NL). Approximately 650 organizations were approached of which 10% participated in the survey. The next step is to assess with the SPLASH partners where stakeholders’ contributions are most needed and how they can be involved.

PNO Participation

Arjen van Kampen

Arjen van Kampen
For further information about SPLASH, please contact Arjen van Kampen. 


More information

Find out more about SPLASH. Visit the SPLASH website and LinkedIn group or download the brochure.

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