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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.
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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

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€ 2 390 792,50

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ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 780 765

APEIRON SYNTHESIS SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 387 500

UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I

France

EU Contribution

€ 153 750

VALSTYBINIS MOKSLINIU TYRIMU INSTITUTAS FIZINIU IR TECHNOLOGIJOS MOKSLU CENTRAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 571 250

CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 564 750

ENZYMICALS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 651 735

IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 626 500

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 505 000

INCATT BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 668 750

KRECA ENTO FEED BV

Netherlands

LINNAEUS PLANT SCIENCE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 315 625

NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 548 000

SOLUTEX GC SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 789 148,75

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 443 750

UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 553 657,50

UNIWERSYTET WARMINSKO MAZURSKI W OLSZTYNIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 491 973,75

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

PROTI FARM R & D BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 68 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 635405

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 811 197,50

  • EU contribution

    € 10 811 197,50

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands