Jun 2017 - Dec 2021
Towards Versatility of Aquatic Production Platforms: Unlocking the Value of Nordic Bioresources
NordAqua makes use of aquatic photosynthetic organisms to produce biobased chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, food and feed, as well as in the process of wastewater purification. Smart production systems for versatile and sustainable blue bioeconomy include (i) the production of cyanobacteria and algal biomass from specific species for biorefinery purposes, expected to result in relatively short-term industrial applications, (ii) the construction and use of synthetic cell factories for direct production of fine chemicals and biofuels, the cells functioning only as a catalyst (longer-term applications), and ultimately (iii) the combination of these two production platforms. The NCoE will merge the resources of unique collections of aquatic photosynthetic microorganisms maintained in Finland, Sweden and Norway.
The NCoE will accelerate the transition to bioeconomy based on the sustainable use of land and water resources, enhanced photosynthetic carbon sequestration, and protection of precious water resources.
University of Turku (UTU), Finland
University of Helsinki (UH), Finland
Umea University (UMU), Sweden
Uppsala University (UU), Sweden
University of Bergen (UB), Norway
The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway
The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA), Norway
The Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT), Finland
The Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), Finland
Smart Chemistry Park , Finland
A4F is one of the industrial partners