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Separating eggshell and its membrane to turn eggshell waste into valuable source materials

Objective

Agricultural waste management is one of the most emerging problems of food processors. The amount of the generated waste as well as the cost of waste disposal is ever increasing across Europe. Egg processors face the problem of the disposal of eggshell waste.
According to EC regulations, industrial egg-shell is considered as hazardous waste and it is collected by national authorities. This can induce cost of the order of €100,000 per year in case of small or medium sized egg-processors.
However, eggshell is a valuable source material or additive for numerous branches of the industry, such as, among others fodder and fertilizer producers, paper manufacturers. Numerous types of collagens, hyaluronic acid, or amino acids of interest may be extracted from the egg shell membrane and purified for numerous uses (e.g. dietary supplements, cosmetics), which makes the separated eggshell membrane a highly valuable material. This way the egg processors could avoid the cost of waste disposal, moreover they can make extra profit by selling their side product.
The main goal of the project is to develop a method for the industrial-scale separation of avian eggshell and its membrane. This core process will be followed by a post-processing (e.g. drying,freezing, etc.) and packaging mechanism to make the way-to-market easy. This will provide an easy solution to the waste problem of egg processors and putting to the market a valuable raw material for the industry.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/amines
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops/fodder
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 36 360
Administrative Contact
Daniel Varga (Mr.)

Participants (7)

ECOMOTIVE ELELMISZERIPARI, KERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 278 783
Address
Belterulet 126 8
2943 Babolna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tas Orbán (Mr.)
FRISIAN EGG BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 212 163
Address
Edisonlaan 8
9207HD Drachten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johan Stuiver (Mr.)
FEDIUK WLADYSLAW
Poland
EU contribution
€ 195 937
Address
Ul. Jelenia 2
80 336 Gdansk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wladyslaw Fediuk (Mr.)
OSV SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 202 157
Address
Via Roma Nord 135
46020 Villa Poma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberta Gorni (Ms.)
ARDORAN OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 219 046
Address
Heltermaa, Puhalepa Vald
92312 Hiiumaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Douglas Reid (Mr.)
BDN INGENIERIA DE ALIMENTACION SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 20 163
Address
Calle Pallars 141-143 Piso 5 Prta A
08018 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Monferrer (Mr.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 28 091
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Torrisi (Ms.)