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Direct and indirect biorefinery technologies for conversion of organic side-streams into multiple marketable products

Objective

The aim of the proposal is to develop biorefinery processes as part of new value chains to convert under-spent side streams/residues from the agro-sector and processing sector into useful marketable products. Cascading processes (recovery of multiple compounds from the same feedstock) are envisioned to increase the conversion efficiency (product/ton biomass input) and maximise the values of the feedstock (euro/ton biomass input). Direct biorefiney of the biomass will be compared with indirect biorefinery. The latter refers to the two-step process that can cope with the heterogeneity of side-streams. In a first step the heterogenic feedstock is converted to homogenous biomass. The game-changing approach that will be applied is the use of insects in this step. Insects are able to convert a variety of feedstocks into a more homogenous biomass, being their own biomass. In a second step, the insect biomass will be further fractionated into a lipid, protein and chitin fraction, that all three have potential to be converted into marketable end-products (step 3). The ability to use various feedstocks results in a more robust and scalable biorefinery process that is expected to be less dependent on the season.
The direct approach (without the insect convertion step) which will be explored for green leaves, is expected to be more seasonally variable, but generates a larger variety of compounds. The project foresees to process the derived fractions further into multiple marketable products for the feed, food and chemical sector. More than 20 new product formulations are envisioned and will be subjected to application tests within InDIRECT. Activities from lab to pilot scale are foreseen, enabling the generation of sufficient material for application tests that are crucial for developing the downstream market. Viable business concepts will be formulated and translated into business plans.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/entomology
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/amines
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation/compost
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-PPP-2015-2-1
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Funding Scheme

BBI-RIA - Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
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Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 494 022

Participants (8)

NUTRITION SCIENCES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Booiebos 5
9031 Drongen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 199 933,75
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MILLIBETER
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Slachthuisstraat 120/6
2300 Turnhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT MUTUALISE POUR LES PROTEINES VEGETALES
France
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Rue Fond Lagache
80480 Dury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INNOVATIESTEUNPUNT VOOR LANDBOUW ENPLATTELAND
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 43 259
Address
Diestsevest 40
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Other
CHEMSTREAM BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 218 750
Address
Drie Eikenstraat 661
2650 Edegem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROTI FARM R & D BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Harderwijkerweg 141B
3852 AB Ermelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEMPERIO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 31 983
Address
Begijnenland 22
2260 Westerlo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)