Aalborg University-AAU

Aalborg University-AAU

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The Section for Sustainable Biotechnology at Aalborg University (SSB-AAU) is an integrated research group combining fundamental biotechnology research with bioprocess engineering for sustainable solutions of converting biomass into bioenergy and biomaterials. Several members of SSB-AAU have strong expertise in anaerobic digestion processes with focus on the conversion of organic wastewater and residual biomass like manure, organic household waste and straw. The expertise of SSB-AAU in the field of anaerobic digestion ranges from the characterization of the microbial conversion pathways and regulatory mechanisms using mesophilic, thermophilic and hyper-thermophilic microorganisms to modelling of the conversion kinetics, identification of inhibiting factors, development of pretreatment methods for enhancing the biodegradability of lignocellulosic biomass, and development of on-line process control equipment. SSB-AAU has extended lab facilities for molecular and chemical analysis as well as for batch and continuous reactor fermentation experiments

Role in project and experience:

SSB-AAU will be the key partner in WP2 and will also participate in WP1, WP3, WP4 and WP5. In WP 1 SSB-AAU will assist in the characterization of the raw biomass resources relevant for the BIOMAN project, like cellulose/hemicellulose/lignin analysis. In WP 2, SSB-AAU will investigate the influence of the different tested treatment methods on the performance and efficiency of the anaerobic digestion process in batch and reactor experiments. In WP3, WP4 and WP5 AAU will act as consultant in the development of the experimental set-up and assist in the validation of the pilot-scale and full-scale results.