What: Photanol
Where: Amsterdam
Who: Michiel Lensink
Since: 2008
Source: Photanol


Fuel from bacteria

Photanol developed a breakthrough technology to convert CO2 into valuable organic compounds. The company is applying this technology in a number of markets, ranging from food ingredients to chemical bio-blocks and bio-fuels.

The Photanol technology is fundamentally the most efficient bio based production method to convert CO2 directly into valuable organic compounds such as biofuels, bioplastics, essential oils and many others. The only byproduct formed is oxygen.

The Photanol-concept uses engineered cyanobacteria that turn CO2 directly and efficiently into predetermined products when exposed to light. By genetically introducing properties of fermentative bacteria into these cyanobacteria, the Photanol technology enables these bacteria to produce and excrete valuable compounds.

This CO2-consuming process is based on circular economy principles and is truly sustainable, widely applicable and independent of the food economy. The technology is not dependent on soil quality nor does it need high-tech infrastructure. Application is modular and hence can be globally employed to the benefit of consumers from both local small-scale settings and large scale industrial production. Compared to classical fermentation, Photanol uses 40 times less land area and up to 10.000 times less water.