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An integrated biorefinery for the conversion of dairy side streams to high value bio-based chemicals

Objective

Whey Permeate (WP) and De-lactosed Whey Permeate (DLP) are major side-streams of dairy processing and represent a key challenge for the dairy industry due to a lack of reliability in current disposal routes and represent a sustainability bottleneck for the expansion of milk production in Europe in the “post-milk-quota era”. AgriChemWhey will build a first-of-a-kind, industrial-scale biorefinery with integrated symbiotic industrial and agricultural value chains that will valorise over 25,000 tonnes (100% dry matter) per annum of excess WP and DLP to several added value products for growing global markets including lactic acid, polylactic acid, minerals for human nutrition and bio-based fertilisers. This will be achieved through a coordinated investment process and development path to realise the Flagship plant, representing the first major industrial venture to convert residues from food processing, as second generation feedstocks, to value added bio-based products. The Flagship will prove the techno-economic viability of the innovative WP/DLP-to-lactic acid biorefinery technology and will establish a new value chain for industrial symbiosis with other local actors for the production of high value sustainable food and feed (including high quality mushrooms) products from other side streams, as an enhanced circular bioeconomy approach to agriculture and agri-food waste. This offers society and industry the opportunity for greater resource efficiency - less food waste, more products from the same starting material (milk), and integration of food and non-food material production. AgriChemWhey will also develop a blueprint of an economic sustainability concept and replication plans for other regions across Europe, thus maximising both short and long term impacts, contributing towards the development of the European bioeconomy to promote rural growth, competitiveness and job creation, and aligning with European sustainability targets.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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Coordinator

GLANBIA IRELAND DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY
Address
Ballyconra Ballyragget
R95 W3KD Kilkenny
Ireland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 15 178 054,88

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 493 993,75
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GALACTIC SA

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Place D'escanaffles 23
7760 Escanaffles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 1 063 722,50
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMERCIAL MUSHROOM PRODUCERS CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 340 004
Address
Ballinode Road Newgrove Industrial Estate Unit 7/8 Ballinode
Monaghan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PNO CONSULTANTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 308 875
Address
Earl Road 1 The Courtyard
SK8 6GN Cheadle Hulme
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GIG KARASEK GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 485 625
Address
Neusiedler Strasse 15-19
2640 Gloggnitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TIPPERARY COUNTY COUNCIL
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 248 750
Address
Civic Offices, Clonmel
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 713 750
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLE GREENWIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 384 250
Address
Rue Auguste Piccard 20
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Other
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 650 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EW BIOTECH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 140 906,25
Address
Am Haupttor Bau 3668
06237 Leuna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)