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Sustainable surfactant production from renewable resources through natural fermentation for applications in natural, organically-certified products

Objective

O4S (=Organic for Surfactants) has been primarily designed to address a critical necessity of the European Natural Cosmetic Sector which is lacking a sustainable source of surfactants (Surface Active Agents) that can be considered natural and are of certified organic origin to meet the growing market demands. This development will provide the natural cosmetic sector with an alternative to replace the current use of chemically-derived surfactants from oleo-chemical feedstocks. One of their main applications is in personal hygiene products representing 40% in volume of the cosmetic ingredients used in the EU. This work will optimize the production of natural bio-surfactants by fermentation to achieve industrial efficiency and economic yields by using organically certified sources (e.g. post harvest loses by-products from primary process). The proposed work offers an opportunity to achieve the full utilization of organically certified raw materials increasing the efficiency of the European Organic Farming Systems. Scientific objectives are: 1) To investigate supply of raw materials from waste streams or by-products to lowers the initial costs; 2) To develop scientific knowledge on the interdependencies of the various process parameters and substrate properties ; 3.)To establish of a database of compound characteristics, stability and performance for suitable applications. Further, the overall technical objectives are to define the characteristics of the product to meet the organic certification standards and the performance requirements for their application in the natural cosmetic industry. This will be followed by the specification, optimization and scale-up of an appropriate industrial bio-process for bio-surfactant production (up to 1 m3 to 10 m3) by developing an integrated fermenting and in-situ removal system. Further, a technology platform for product information, formulation and applications will be created for the benefit of the SME-AG members.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 17 424
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (13)

THE INTERNATIONAL NATURAL AND ORGANIC COSMETICS ASSOCIATION AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 111 561
Address
40 Rue Washington
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Vincent Letertre (Mr.)
NATURLAND - VERBAND FUR OKOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 391 294
Address
Kleinhaderner Weg 1
82166 Munchen
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Manfred Fürst (Mr.)
INTELLIGENT FORMULATION LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 383,71
Address
Leeds Road Red Doles Lane
HD2 1YF Huddersfield
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Graham Clayton (Dr.)
GREEN SUGAR GMBH PRODUKTINNOVATIONEN AUS BIOMASSE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 734
Address
Hermann Grafe Strasse 40
01662 Meissen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Kose (Mr.)
FARFALLA ESSENTIALS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 215 250
Address
Florastrasse 18B
8610 Uster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Claude Richard (Mr.)
GRUENE ERDE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 218 342
Address
Hauptstrasse 9
4644 Scharnstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barbara Gehmayr (Mrs.)
BIOTREND-INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 200 642
Address
Biocant Park Nucleo 4 Lote 2
3060-197 Cantanhede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Ferreira (Dr.)
CREMER OLEO GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 109 931
Address
Glockengiesserwall 3
20095 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Knüppel (Mr.)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bert Lemmens (Mr.)
INSTITUT DR. SCHRADER CREACHEM GMBH
Germany
Address
Max Planck Strasse 6
37603 Holzminden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruth Köhler (Ms.)
ASOCIACION RIOJANA PROFESIONAL DE AGRICULTURA ECOLOGICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 122 145
Address
Calle Muro De La Mata 8 5° Derecha
26001 Logrono La Rioja
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ana Marta Fernandez De Valderrama Gamarra (Ms.)
CEVRE KORUMA VE ARASTIRMA VAKFI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 103 151
Address
Sokak 10 10 Murselpasa Blv Konak 1265
35230 Izmir
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Muavviz Ayvaz (Dr.)
STEVEN ABBOTT TCNF LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 248 042,29
Address
Elsmere Road 7
IP1 3SZ Ipswich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Abbott (Prof.)