Biotechnology for Energy Research

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acib offers biotechnological solutions for energy storage, energy conversion, biofuels and biogas.


There are currently huge technological advancements both in energy research and in biotechnology. A wise combination of those technologies will make an important contribution to a green and sustainable future!


Biotechnology uses electricity converted into H2 to empower bacterial growth, allowing the fixation of CO2 and the subsequent conversion to i) proteins for food/feed, ii) bioplastics or iii) biofuels (e.g. butanol). For the generation of biofuels acib’s expertise in enzyme discovery and enzyme/microbial engineering can support you even further! Biogas (CH4) is an energy carrier which can be produced from all kinds of organic waste. The resulting digestate is used to improve soil quality and plant growth. To increase the commercial success and the characteristics of the digestate it is important to optimize anaerobic fermentation by introducing the right microorganisms for the specific task. acib’s expertise is there to help you! How can biotechnology help to generate huge amounts of energy and store them for long period of times as cheaply as possible? The solution is to use depleted underground gas reservoirs: If energy in form of hydrogen, together with CO2 are both introduced into these environments, microorganisms are able to in situ transform them into natural gas, which can be stored for years before being used by existing infrastructure to power cars, heat households or provide energy to the industry. acib has a lot of expertise in this kind of research and can help you to identify suitable underground conversion and storage areas!

Project Offer

Under protection of a CDA/NDA we provide you with professional strategies for YOUR project. IP developed in such a project would belong to you as our investor/industrial partner.


Prof. Dr Georg Gübitz, Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwab, Prof. Dr. Heribert Insam, Dr. Günter Bochmann, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zanghellini, Dr. Dmytro Iurashev

Available for:

Investments, Joint Research Projects, Contract Research

Development status:

Technology Readiness Level 2-6


Will be generated for our industrial partner / investor


Biotechnology, Energy Research, Energy Storage, Biogas, Biofuels CO2-Recycling

Dr. Martin U. Trinker
Director Business Development & Fundraising
Krenngasse 37
8010 Graz
+43 316 873 9316