Ingenza is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of Dundee and Drochaid Research Services on a highly innovative project that aims to reduce the waste carbon dioxide generated by industrial biotech manufacturing applications. Funded by Zero Waste Scotland, the proposal involves capturing and recycling the emerging CO2 waste streams that evolve during fermentative bioprocessing, and using them as a supplementary carbon feedstock for bio-based chemical manufacturing. This strategy is essential for the sustainable feedstock and energy inputs required for bio-based manufacturing approaches to be truly ‘circularised’ in the future.
The project will be funded by Zero Waste Scotland’s £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund, which supports work that will deliver circular economy growth in line with Scottish Government objectives and targets. The Circular Economy Investment Fund is supported by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.
Dr Ian Fotheringham, Managing Director of Ingenza, commented: “This is a really exciting venture for Ingenza, and reflects our commitment to sustainable solutions. The project will allow us to apply our expertise and resources to this important aspect of industrial biomanufacturing, as we seek to develop novel approaches to help reduce waste CO2.”
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to support this new project from Scottish firm Ingenza and its partners, which is exactly the kind of innovative business initiative that the Circular Economy Investment Fund was set up to support. The bioeconomy is a key sector in the development of a more circular economy in Scotland, with tremendous opportunities for turning existing waste and by-products from industrial processes into new business opportunities.”
The foundation of Drochaid Research Services was covered in both local (Courier) and national newspapers (The Herald and The Scotsman)