FabriFuel – a SynBio solution to degrade polyester fabric waste

FabriFuel – Renert High School, Calgary, AB

Use a 3-step enzymartic process to fully degrade, metabolize & capture the energy from digesting polyethylene terephthalate (textile polyesters).

Fabric waste is a major environment issue in our world. PET is one of the main plastic polluter found in clothing. Our project aims to degrade PET while producing energy. For this we are using genetically modified bacteria that are able to degrade PET and its byproducts which include MHET, BHET, TPA, ethylene glycol. Furthermore, we will be running our BL21 strain of E. coli through a three chambered microbial fuel cell. This will allow us to produce energy through the degradation process, making our projects more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Team Grade Level: Grade 10
Team Experience Level: Advanced
STEM Focus: Synthetic Biology
UN Sustainability Focus Sustainable Cities & Communities
Responsible Consumption & Production

Posted on

March 9, 2023

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