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Development of novel environmentally added-value surfactants and esters by biotechnological processes from fats and oils waste streams

Objective

Currently, different origin waste oils have been used mostly as animal feed, raw material for soap makers, and feed stock for fatty acid production. The existent patents and commercial processes to make fatty acids from waste oils always refers to hydrolysis and acidification steps using strong acids such as sulphuric or hydrochloridic acids, producing a mixture of fatty acids, inorganic salts, water, and other small components such as glycerine or phospholipids. Waste technical fats can provide a raw material basis for the production of surfactants. This amount of waste oil will serve as raw material for obtaining bio-surfactant and ester oils by biotechnological processes.
This project Bio-SURFEST will develop two biotechnological processes at semi-industrial scale in order to produce two different classes of bio-products, bio-surfactants and ester oils (non useful for biodiesel production). Bio-surfactants will be produced by fermentative process and ester oils will be produced by enzymatic catalysis. Both biotechnological methods will use as raw materials or feedstock fry waste oil or technical fats.
The main goal of the project Bio-SURFEST is to obtain high-value compounds such as bio-surfactants and ester oils from waste oils or technical fats, which represent a low value residue from a great variety of industries like hotels, restaurants, vegetable oil industry, biodiesel producers, etc. The aim of the present project is to determine suitable technical and economical production methods in order to obtain biosurfactants and other bio-products of high added value. Bio-SURFEST is focusing on the biotechnological optimisation of bio-products synthesis, using techniques such as fermentation and enzymatic catalysis. Using this approach, tailor-made bio-products will be obtained, purified and finally tested for their use in different applications.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

INDUSTRIAS SUESCUN SA
Address
Carreterra Na-134 Km 53,400
31261 Andosilla
Spain

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raul Suescun (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 310 447

Participants (8)

GREEN TECHNOLOGIES MELETES KAI ERGA GIA TO PERIVALLON ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EYTHINIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 151 495
Address
Ellinos Stratiotou 5
26223 Patra

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Constantina Zafeiri (Dr.)
MACHINEFABRIEK OTTO SCHOUTEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 164 981
Address
Bedrijvenstraat 6
4283 JH Giessen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gijsbert Schouten (Mr.)
COMPUESTOS Y GRANZAS, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 38 539
Address
Crta. Lodosa-los Arcos Km 13
31587 Mendavia

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Castroviejo (Ms.)
PHYTOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 691
Address
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Schweitzer (Ms.)
L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 440
Address
Área Industrial Perguita C/a N°1
31210 Los Arcos

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claudio Fernandez (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 800
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Kornaros (Prof.)
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 344
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Schories (Dr.)
UAB BIOCENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 1 344
Address
Graiciuno 10
02241 Vilnius

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Saulius Grigiskis (Dr.)