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Ecofriendly PROcessing System for the full exploitation of the OLIVE health potential in products of added value

Objective

The EcoPROLIVE project proposes an innovative processing for the full exploitation of high valuable constituents in the olive into novel products that are healthy and greener.
The proposed process is very different from the current approaches of olive oil industrial production, and waste revalorization alternatives, as it follows a “zero waste” approach and all resulting products have commercial value. Part of the process is based on the patent WO2013030426 with further developments for quality and environmental improvements, such as the use of supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) with CO2 instead of n-hexane extraction, and including pulsed electric field (PEF) technology to improve the drying performance and the oil extraction yields.
EcoPROLIVE project goals are: demonstration of the technical and economical feasibility of the processing and its environmental study; ensuring the market uptake of the technology and novel products, fully characterized (nutritional, functional, toxicological) to avoid market barriers; design of the optimal process, and scale-up from lab/pilot plant to preindustrial application (TRL6); validation at an operational environment (TRL7); monetizing the technology and developed process (patents) into scalable markets and replication in different scales and countries, starting with the main olive oil producers represented in the consortium (Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal).
Replication is expected in a total of 504 olive oil mills, that will deliver 37,000 tn olive oil, 3,700 tn functional oil (hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, oleocanthal, oleuropein, others), and 44,400 tn phenol-rich fibre ingredient with intended use in bakery products (biscuit, bread). The global estimated profit is high (63 Mll€) as well as the environmental benefit associated to waste reduction (126,100 tn waste water). Conclusively EcoPROLIVE processing is presented as an economically and environmentally sustainable innovation that will promote the sector competitiveness.
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Coordinator

CONTACTICA S.L.

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Calle Canchal 8 Local 3
28021 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 254 800

Participants (8)

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ISANATUR SPAIN SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 346 766,37

PROMETEO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 79 450

EVANGELOS MIHOPOULOS & SIA OE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 12 833,63

INGENIERIA PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 281 750

CENTRO PARA A VALORIZACAO DE RESIDUOS ASSOCIACAO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 91 250

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 315 700

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 295 000

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 321 950

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 635597

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 417 775

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 500

Coordinated by:

CONTACTICA S.L.

Spain