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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.

Coordinator

GLANBIA IRELAND DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY
Net EU contribution
€ 15 178 054,88
Address
Ballyconra Ballyragget
R95 W3KD Kilkenny
Ireland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 6 537 644,37
Region
Ireland Southern South-East
 

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 493 993,75
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GALACTIC SA

Participation ended

Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Place D'escanaffles 23
7760 Escanaffles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Région wallonne Prov. Hainaut Arr. Tournai-Mouscron
 
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

FUTERRO

Participation ended

Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue Du Renouveau 1
7760 Escanaffles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Région wallonne Prov. Hainaut Arr. Tournai-Mouscron
 
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 063 722,50
Address
College Green Trinity College
D02 CX56 Dublin 2
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
COMMERCIAL MUSHROOM PRODUCERS COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 340 004,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Ballinode Road Newgrove Industrial Estate Unit 7/8 Ballinode
H18 T850 Monaghan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 145 716,00
PNO CONSULTANTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 179 025,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Earl Road 1 The Courtyard
SK8 6GN Cheadle Hulme
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 76 725,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

PNO INNOVATION
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 129 850,00
Address
Excelsiorlaan 51
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 55 650,00
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
GIG KARASEK GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 485 625,00
Address
Neusiedler Strasse 15-19
2640 Gloggnitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 208 125,00
Region
Niederösterreich Niederösterreich-Süd
 
TIPPERARY COUNTY COUNCIL
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 248 750,00
Address
Civic Offices, Clonmel
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 713 750,00
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
POLE GREENWIN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 384 250,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Rue Auguste Piccard 20
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Région wallonne Prov. Hainaut Arr. Charleroi
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 650 000,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
EW BIOTECH GMBH
Germany
Net 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)
Non-EU contribution
€ 917 531,25
Region
Sachsen-Anhalt Sachsen-Anhalt Saalekreis