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Northern Icelandic Cyanobacteria Biorefinery

2021 - 2022

Sustainable cyanobacteria biorefinery to produce PHB


Conventional petrol-based plastics are non-sustainable and damage the environment. Bioplastics offer a better alternative to them, but it is a major challenge to obtain natural products for high-performance bioplastics. Using cyanobacteria, we propose a sustainable biorefinery concept to produce PHB, a versatile platform chemical for a wide range of biodegradable plastics. Pigments separated in the process will be processed as high-value by-products and residual biomass will be developed as fish feed.

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Raman spectroscopy analysis



* Fóðurverksmiðjan Laxá (grant holder)
* Biopol ehf. (project management)
* SagaNatura ehf.
* Algalíf Iceland ehf.
* Mýsköpun ehf.


* University of Rostock

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Gissur Örlygsson

gissur [at]


This project has received funding from Lóa – Innovation grants for rural areas.

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