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Revalorization of wet olive pomace through polyphenol extraction and steam gasification

Objective

The residue generated by the olive oil process is known as wet olive pomace (WOP), which have high water content (up to 65%), and may contain between 2-8 g. polyphenols/Kg pomace, so more than 80% of the total polyphenol content in olives is lost in the waste material. This olive pomace is normally used for further extraction of pomace oil. For that application, it is dried prior to using organic chemical solvents (e.g. hexane). The solid waste generated in the pomace oil extraction process has a low humidity (10-15%) and is usually sold as biomass.
However, WOP is a potential source for the extraction of hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol and oleuropein which are known for their antioxidant activity and thus have a high added value. There is a wide potential market for natural extracts, including cosmetics, functional foods, supplements, preservatives in industrial production or animal health. PhenOLIVE intends to revalorize this waste of the pomace oil producers by: (i) extraction of polyphenolic compounds as a high added value product using Pulsed Electric Field as an alternative to conventional chemical extraction techniques based on the use of organic solvents; and (ii) lead an steam gasification of the resulting solid waste to recover electricity and heat for the whole process, creating profit from the surplus.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Austria

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hermann Hofbauer (Prof.)
EU contribution
€ 19 998,72

Participants (9)

REPOTEC - RENEWABLE POWER TECHNOLOGIES UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH

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Austria
Address
Europastrasse 1
7540 Gussing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Aichernig (Mr.)
CENTRE TECHNOLOGIQUE NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE COMPOSITES & MATERIAUX AVANCES
France
EU contribution
€ 7 770,24
Address
Batiment Cheminnov Enscbp Av Pey Berland 16
33600 Pessac

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valérie Moreau (Mrs.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 62 862,71
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Szathmary (Ms.)
LABORATOIRE PHENOBIO SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 266 797,80
Address
Allee Jean Rostand Centre 1
33650 Martillac

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xavier Vitrac (Dr.)
REPOTEC GMBH AND CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 238 355,70
Address
Europastrasse 1
7540 Gussing

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Aichernig (Mr.)
HAKKI USTA MAK.SAN.TIC.LTD.STI

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Türkiye
EU contribution
€ 78 400,45
Address
Astim Organize Sanayi Bölgesi
09100 Aydin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Canan Gozluklu (Mrs.)
EFFITECH SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 285 264,48
Address
Avenue Pierre Angot 2 Helioparc
64000 Pau

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Line Deforges (Mrs.)
MORA INDUSTRIAL SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 184 537,96
Address
Calle Ajofrin 32
45400 Mora

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan José Gil Villarrubia (Mr.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Hungary
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tamás Szabó (Mr.)