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Microalgae As a Green source for Nutritional Ingredients for Food/Feed and Ingredients for Cosmetics by cost-Effective New Technologies

Objective

Today there are only market opportunities for high value applications due to production costs, which are still too high to make microalgae a competitive feedstock for commodities. There is presently a large production capacity for a limited number of microalgae strains in Europe. However, the number of concrete products and market applications is still limited. The enlargement of current market applications for high-value microalgae ingredients will lead to new business opportunities, industrialize the technology and provide the knowledge and experience required to enter the medium- low value market within 5-10 years.
MAGNIFICENT will expand the range of commercial products and their market volume substantially and in a sustainable manner. The overall objective of the project is to develop and validate a sustainable and economically feasible new value chain based on cultivation and processing, with the aim to transform microalgae biomass into valuable ingredients for food, aquafeed and cosmetics applications. Development and validation of new product formulations of microalgae are included in the project
To achieve this, optimization will be done: 1) Upstream, cultivation related processes via adaptation and selection of algae varieties, improvement of growing conditions and target product concentration in the cell and 2) downstream process steps (separation, extraction, purification) in order to achieve the overall aim to maximise the production of compounds of interest (phospholipids rich in omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA and fucoxanthin as main molecules). The work will be supported by chain evaluation, market assessment, socio-economic impact assessment and LCA. Specific attention will be paid to the requirements of the existing EU regulatory framework.
The MAGNIFICENT consortium has 16 partners from 7 EU countries incl. 10 SME's, 3 LE's, 1 University and 2 RTO's, and comprises commercial partners in the entire value chain and the 3 target markets.
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Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 377 040

Participants (15)

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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 221 610

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 387 702,50

NECTON - COMPANHIA PORTUGUESA DE CULTURAS MARINHAS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 771 250

CMP-CIMENTOS MACEIRA E PATAIAS SA

Portugal

SPAROS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 403 053,75

ERDYN CONSULTANTS

France

EU Contribution

€ 288 125

ALGA DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING AND SERVICES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 149 986,25

MADEBIOTECH - C R & D S.A. ZONA FRANCA DA MADEIRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 476 984,75

NAREC DISTRIBUTED ENERGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 651,25

ALGOSOURCE TECHNOLOGIES

France

EU Contribution

€ 559 578,75

KEMIN INDUSTRIES

Belgium

IMENZ BIOENGINEERING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 232 151,91

N-ZYME BIOTEC GMBH

Germany

NATAC BIOTECH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 263 125

TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE SA

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745754

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 886 265,41

  • EU contribution

    € 5 330 259,16

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands