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BENIGN CASCADE EXTRACTIVE BIOREFINERY FOR CONVERTING AGRI-FOOD SIDE STREAMS INTO HIGH-VALUE POLYPHENOLIC BIOACTIVES AND FUNCTIONAL FIBRES FOR PHARMA, COSMECEUTICALS, NUTRACEUTICALS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

Objective

According to Eurostat, the agricultural sector is by far the biggest producer of the residual biomass in Europe, annually generating ca. 400 million tonnes (Mt) of dry agricultural waste. This residual biomass is usually either utilized for low value applications (compost or animal feed) or have to be deactivated to be safely disposed. On the other side, this residual biomass is highly rich in various bioactive compounds (oils, fatty acids, polyphenols, proteins) which could be used to improve the human health and wellbeing but usually lost for high-value applications due to the lack of comprehensive technology to effectively extract and preserve the bioactives. Among the natural bio-based compounds, polyphenols is the biggest class of bioactives with a range of beneficial properties for human health which have not be utilized for their full potential. PHENOLEXA project proposes to unlock the potential of polyphenols-rich agri-side streams (olive, grape shoots and leaves, chicory and onion residues) to procure bioactive compounds of high value via the development of cascade smart biorefinery which combines pretreatment of the biomass with benign environmentally friendly green solvents extraction technology. PHENOLEXA will focus on the processing of several types of agri and biowaste to create a pool of new functional polyphenolic bioactives with the tuned functionality (anticancer, antiviral, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory) whereas the remaining fibres and colorants will be utilised in functional foods. PHENOLEXA will demonstrate the technology of the bioactive ingredients procurement at TRL4/5 and will create lab scale prototypes of cosmetic, nutraceutical, pharma and functional food products with their proved efficacy by the end of the project. PHENOLEXA will also validate the techno-economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of the proposed biorefinery.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2020
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Coordinator

CIVITTA EESTI AS
Address
Riia 24 A
51010 Tartu
Estonia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 166 375

Participants (11)

FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 985 375
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
NOVATICA TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 464 250
Address
38 Roundhill Way, Roundhill Way
LE11 4WB Loughborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 467 937,50
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION CARTIF
Spain
EU contribution
€ 378 125
Address
Pq Tecnologico Boecillo 205
47151 Boecillo
Activity type
Research Organisations
CELABOR SCRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 551 500
Address
Avenue Du Parc 38 Zoning De Petit Rechain
4650 Herve Chaineux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 320 187,50
Address
Ul. Jurija Gagarina 11
87100 Torun
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 143 275
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIONIGREE SP. Z O.O.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 69 750
Address
Solna Nr 4 Lok 2
59 500 Zlotoryja
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EPC - PROJEKTGESELLSCHAFT FUR KLIMA NACHHALTIGKEIT KOMMUNIKATION MBH GEMEINNUTZIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 128 875
Address
Potsdamer Platz 1
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Other
CHAMBRE REGIONALE D'AGRICULTURE PROVENCE ALPES COTE AZUR
France
EU contribution
€ 118 888,75
Address
Avenue Henri Pontier 22
13626 Aix En Provence
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CREACIONES AROMATICAS INDUSTRIALES S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 108 156,25
Address
Cl Cuatrecasas I Arumi 2
08192 Sant Quirze Del Valles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)