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Camelina & crambe Oil crops as Sources for Medium-chain Oils for Specialty oleochemicals

Objective

The COSMOS proposal aims to reduce Europe’s dependence on imported coconut and palm kernel oils and fatty acids and castor oil as sources for medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA, C10–C14) and medium-chain polymer building blocks. These are needed by the oleochemical industry for the production of plastics, surfactants, detergents, lubricants, plasticisers and other products. In COSMOS, camelina and crambe will be turned into profitable, sustainable, multipurpose, non-GMO European oil crops for the production of oleochemicals. Seed properties will be screened and optimised through genetic techniques aiming at high yield, low resource inputs, optimization of the value generated from vegetative tissues and fatty acid profiles adapted to industrial needs. Large-scale field trials will be performed at different locations in Europe to assess the potential of the crops in terms of cultivation practices, seed yield, oil content, ease of harvesting, and resource inputs. Extracted oils will be fractionated into various fatty acid types (monounsaturated versus polyunsaturated) by selective enzyme technologies and extraction processes. The monounsaturated long-chain fatty acids so obtained will be converted to MCFA and high-value building blocks for bio-plastics and flavour and fragrance ingredients through chemical and enzymatic chain cleavage processes. The ω3-rich PUFA fraction will be purified for use in food and feed ingredients. Vegetative tissues such as straw, leaves and press cake will be fed to insects producing high-value proteins, chitin and fats. Insect fats and proteins will be isolated and prepared for use in food and feed products. The overall economic, social and environmental sustainability as well as life cycle of the whole value chain will be assessed. The impact of the project for Europe will be assessed in terms of value chain potentials for value creation and number of jobs that can be created.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/tribology/lubrication
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops

Call for proposal

H2020-ISIB-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 390 792,50

Participants (18)

ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 780 765
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
APEIRON SYNTHESIS SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 387 500
Address
Ul. Dunska 9
54 427 Wroclaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I
France
EU contribution
€ 153 750
Address
Rue Du Thabor 2
35065 Rennes Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VALSTYBINIS MOKSLINIU TYRIMU INSTITUTAS FIZINIU IR TECHNOLOGIJOS MOKSLU CENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 571 250
Address
Savanoriu 231
02300 Vilnius
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 564 750
Address
Marathonos 19Th Km
19009 Pikermi
Activity type
Research Organisations
ENZYMICALS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 651 735
Address
Walther-rathenau-strasse 49A
17489 Greifswald
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 626 500
Address
Wilckensstrasse 3
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 505 000
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INCATT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 668 750
Address
Roetersstraat 35
1018 WB Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KRECA ENTO FEED BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Parklaan 1
3016 BA Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LINNAEUS PLANT SCIENCE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 315 625
Address
Leonard Roggeveenstraat 2
6708 SL Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 548 000
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOLUTEX GC SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 789 148,75
Address
Ctr De Barajas 24 3-4 Parque Empresarial Omega Edificio Gamma
28108 Alcobendas Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 443 750
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 553 657,50
Address
Domstrasse 11
17489 Greifswald
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET WARMINSKO MAZURSKI W OLSZTYNIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 491 973,75
Address
Ul. Oczapowskiego 2
10 719 Olsztyn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PROTI FARM R & D BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 68 250
Address
Harderwijkerweg 141B
3852 AB Ermelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)