Co2smos project

Developing a set of novel and cost-competitive technologies, CO2SMOS project will help bio-based industries to convert their biogenic CO2 emissions into added-value chemicals with direct use for the production of sustainable bioproducts by means of an integrated hybrid solution that combines innovative biotechnological and intensified electrochemical/catalytics conversion processes along with renewable sources, such as green H2 and biomass.

This circular zero-waste approach based on biogenic CO2 capture and utilization, will favour the long-term sustainability of bio-based industries, contributing to achieve negative GHG emissions in the industrial plants, while boosting their competitiveness by diversifying the chemical production process and opening new business models.



Industrial fermentation plants for the production of bio-based products, renewable chemicals, food and beverage, bioethanol and biorefinery plants



CO2 emission generated from different industrial sources such as fermentation processes in bio-based industries and biofuel sector, in-site anaerobic treatment plants (waste valorization, biogas plants), and other fermentation processes and solid biomass combustion

CO2 conversion tecnhologies


CO2SMOS solutions include gas/liquid fermentation–biorefinery processes, intensified electrocatalytic processes and biobased/organic catalysed processes



7 added-value chemicals and polymers: polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA, PHB), 2,3-butanediol, long chain dicarboxylic acids C16-C18, BTEX, cyclic carbonates and hydroxycarboxylic acids



Various application fields from packaging to coatings, textiles and materials for biomedical applications and high-performance biopolymer applications

Our goal:

Transform CO2 emissions
into an opportunity

In alignment with the commitments and objectives set by the EU, the use of biogenic CO2 as feedstock to produce renewable bio-based chemicals contributes to develop a sustainable, circular bio-economy.

our goal

Changes with results

Not only numbers but benefits for the environment, economy and society

new CO2-based products

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (mcl-PHA and PHB), 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BDO), long chain dicarboxylic acids C16-C18 (LcDCAs), BTEX and para-xylene (PX), cyclic carbonates and hydroxycarboxylic acids (HCAs)

of CO2 emissions (ca)

Net GHG emissions reduction in overall CO2SMOS processes compared to conventional routes linked to fossil-derived fuels

of production costs

Aimed costs reduction related to the energy consumption, compared to current production processes

CO2-to-chemicals conversion technologies

Related to the targeted CO2 conversion processes when compared to conventional processes

Latest News


Project News

RWTH research results on acceptance and usage demands of carbon-based products published on Spinter Nature

May 15, 2024
Thanks to Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies, CO2 can be captured and processed into valuable…
Project News

El Confidencial interviews the CO2SMOS project coordinator for a dedicated article

May 7, 2024
El Confidencial features the CO2SMOS project in the article "The Spanish projects that lead the…
Project News

CO2SMOS 6th General Assembly

April 18, 2024
On April 10-11, the entire CO2SMOS consortium met in Ghent, Belgium, for the 6th General…

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