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Separation, fractionation and isolation of biologically active natural substances from corn oil and other side streams

Objective

The EXCornsEED project aims to exploit the convergence between science, chemistry, biology, engineering and biotechnology tools for the creation of new knowledge and innovative applications, with the main goal to develop and validate an integrated process of innovative and highly sustainable extraction/purification/concentration technologies to be applied to bio-refineries side streams (i.e. corn oil, thin stillage from bio-ethanol and rapeseed meal from biodiesel production) for the recovery of proteins and several other bio-active compounds (i.e. polyphenols, amino acids, fibers, lipid compounds, alkaloids and tannins, etc.) and characterization/preparation of these as ingredients for food, specialty chemicals, and cosmetics markets. A three-step approach will upscale the EXCornsEED process from lab level (few grams, TRL3) up to industrial pilot in ENV premises (1t/d capacity, TRL5).
The project stems from a sound industrial vision set by ENV and other industrial partners to transform traditional bioethanol production in future biorefinery concept, fully in line with EU strategies for a bio-based economy. The concurrent presence of biotech producer ENV (project initiator) technology experts SAP, CEL and ICE, and product companies SIAL, NUT, BZN and DRL will guarantee the commitment towards a real market-driven project. A synergistic approach will be used with the collaboration of other partners CREA, CTA, INNEN, HC and TEC, in order to define a self-sustainable system and have an outcome that is in accordance with the principles of the circular economy.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 085 672

Participants (13)

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ENVIRAL AS

Slovakia

HIGHCHEM SRO

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 265 703

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 481 472

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU CHIMIE SI PETROCHIMIE ICECHIM

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 292 125

FUNDACION CORPORACION TECNOLOGICA DE ANDALUCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 385 344

CELABOR SCRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 581 133

SIGMA-ALDRICH PRODUCTION GMBH

Switzerland

DR LAURANNE SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 289 097

BIOZOON GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 312 313

INNOVATION ENGINEERING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 283 813

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 282 625

NUTRICIA RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

PROCTER & GAMBLE SERVICES COMPANY NV

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 792054

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    30 November 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 483 468,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 259 297

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy