Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT) is a scientific research centre based in Genoa (Italy) and established by the Ministry of Education, University and Research and Ministry of Economy and Finance. Its aim is to promote excellence in both basic and applied research and to facilitate economic development at a national level. Excessive consumption of natural resources, diffuse pollution, the issue of waste disposal and the large anthropic CO2 production have made “sustainability” and “circular economy” the only solutions to guarantee a liveable planet can be handed over to future generations. The IIT Centre for Sustainable Future Technologies, established in late 2015, has embraced the sustainability directives in all their ecological, environmental and societal aspects and made the decision to focus on the development of new and innovative materials, processes and components to ensure the reduction of anthropogenic CO2 footprint and to improve efficiency in the use of renewable feedstocks and fuel within a circular economy perspective. The Systems and Synthetic Biology line develops processes of bio-based transformation of carbon-based gas mixtures of manifold origins to deliver a broad portfolio of added-value chemicals and bring innovation in how we create energy, produce commodities, and envisage industrial processing. IIT coordinates the project and is involved differently in every WP.
IIT serves as the coordinating party. IIT has a long-running cooperation experience with ACEA, HST, KRJ, UNOTT, HYDRO, UVA on the grounds of several previous EU, national or industrial projects. IIT is involved in modelling activities transversal to the project. It is actively engaged in the experimental development of the microbial factory dedicated to the production of acetone as well as in the validation of the integrated ENGICOIN platform at the Acea site.