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INCREASING MICROALGAE BIOMASS FEEDSTOCK BY VALORIZING WINE GASEOUS AND LIQUID RESIDUES

Project description

Winemaking your way to a healthier planet

The wine sector can contribute to efforts aimed at mitigating climate change and restricting greenhouse gas emissions. The EU-funded REDWine project proposes an innovative circular business model allowing wine producers to treat their liquid and gaseous effluents efficiently and profitably. The concept is the result of a powerful synergy across bio-based industries and focuses on the utilisation of biogenic CO2 from the wine fermentation process for microalgae biomass production and valorisation. REDWine will establish a simple biorefinery inside a winery that will generate sustainable and cost-competitive ingredients for food formulations, cosmetics, agriculture and wine production. The project is led by the AVIPE association in partnership with 11 related entities.

Objective

Motivated by an urgent need to mitigate climate change and, particularly, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food value chains, REDWine focuses on the utilization of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) from the wine fermentation process for microalgae biomass production and valorisation. A powerful synergy across bio-based industries results in REDWine’s innovative circular business model, which allows wine manufacturers to efficiently treat their liquid and gaseous effluents while profitably diversifying their revenues through the valorisation of Chlorella biomass into multiple high-value ingredients. The REDWine concept will be realized through the establishment of an integrated ‘Living Lab’ demonstrating the technical and economic viability of a system for collection and storage of the off-gas and liquid effluents of a 20,000L wine fermenter and its adaptation to microalgae cultivation and energy efficient harvesting technologies, in order to use 90% of the CO2 collected, to produce biomass. REDWine will demonstrate a circular concept through the development of a simple biorefinery to be deployed in the winery which will yield sustainable and cost competitive ingredients for food formulations (protein and fatty acids), cosmetics (peptides, carotenoid rich oils and active polysaccharides), agriculture (carbohydrates as vine biostimulants) and wine production (proteins for wine clarification). The proposed REDWine solution is expected to reduce the GHG emissions of the entire wine production value chain by at least 31% while potentially generating over €15M in revenues and creating 45 new jobs for a 7ML size winery on a 3-year time horizon. REDWine is led by primary producers, the AVIPE wine producers’ association, in partnership with 11 other very committed entities, including 7 SMEs, 1 LE, 2 RTOs and 1 UNI. The proposed consortium assures the all the needed multidisciplinary knowledge and a level of redundancy required for effective implementation of the project.

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Coordinator

AVIPE-ASSOCIACAO DE VITICULTORES DO CONCELHO DE PALMELA
Net EU contribution
€ 621 092,00
Address
Rua d joao de castro 12
2950-206 Palmela
Portugal

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Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Other funding
€ 32 689,25

Participants (12)