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PRODUCTION OF PHYCOCYANIN FROM THE SPIRULINA ARTHROSPIRA SP. REVISITING THE SOURCING, EXTRACTION AND CO-VALORIZATION OF THE WHOLE ALGAE IN THE FRAME OF AN INDUSTRIAL BIOREFINERY CONCEPT

Objective

The actual demand for phycocyanin is tremendous, especially in the food industry where it is used as a natural food colorant. With a world demand of over 100 metric tons, the global market is expected to continue to grow. As proof of this potential, world leaders in that field are investing several million dollars in production lines. Being authorized under the American Food and Drug administration since 2013, its production remains very artisanal worldwide and important amelioration possibilities exist at several levels.

This project aims to build a demonstration plant with a progressive production capacity of 10MT of phycocyanin per year. Successful demonstration is critical in order to ensure a swift transition towards an industrial capacity. For this project, the partners (GREENSEA, MILIS, ALGAIA AND MIAL) have concluded a strategic industrial partnership with the ambition to revisit the sourcing, extraction and co-valorization of the whole algae in the frame of an industrial biorefinery concept and a business model strategy. In complement, UCD will be in charge of the Life Cycle Assessment, to undertake a comprehensive sustainability evaluation of the project.

Partners will work over 48 months to find ways to innovate in their own field but always working with a collaborative objective to build a more efficient bio-based full value chain with stable products and valorization of co-products. The consortium gathers all the expertise and an economic analysis will be made as well as a life cycle assessment. A communication and dissemination plan is already established.

This project will increase the competitiveness of European biomass producers and industry by supporting new jobs, growth and investment while ensuring environmental sustainability and a low environmental impact.

Coordinator

ALGAIA
Net EU contribution
€ 559 538,24
Address
Zone Industrielle De Menez Bras
29870 Lannilis
France

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Region
Bretagne Bretagne Finistère
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 239 802,10

Participants (5)

GREENSEA SAS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 1 109 432,62
Address
Biopole Clermont Limagne
63360 Saint Beauzire

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Auvergne Puy-de-Dôme
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 475 471,12
MILIS ENERGY SOCIETA AGRICOLA SRL

Participation ended

Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 451 359,50
Address
Via San Damiano 2
20122 Milano

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 193 439,79
MIAL GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 554 925,00
Address
Mittellinie 199
26160 Bad Zwischenahn

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Niedersachsen Weser-Ems Ammerland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 237 825,00
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 420 578,75
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LIVEGREEN SOCIETA AGRICOLA SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 933 367,37
Address
Via Vico Episcopio 12
09170 Oristano

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Region
Isole Sardegna Oristano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 400 014,59