The new project is entitled “Value creation from agrifood side streams within the circular bioeconomy” (AgriFood).
The ambition of the AgriFood project is to valorize agrifood side streams to high value-added and sustainable products. Sustainable protein and biogenic poly-/oligomers production requires efficient use of available resources, such as agrifood side-streams (spent grain, agricultural harvest residues and side streams from potato industry). We will follow the principle that the economically most feasible components will be extracted first, and that this follows the order: recovered proteins > fibres > biopolymers / oligomers > monosaccharides. The monosaccharides will subsequently be fermented to single-cell proteins and other added-value compounds. The process development will focus on simple, flexible and water-based unit operations that can be combined and scaled according to the need of each side stream / product, facilitating decentralized production.
Common challenges attributed to the raw materials addressed in this project are the logistics (such as availability, volume, season variation, transport, short shelf life), regulations and economic feasibility in the production processes. The opportunities are the extraction of valuable components i.e., food and feed ingredients and biogenic polymers produced sustainably and locally.
Renewable biogenic polymers that can replace fossil-based alternatives will contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions along the value chain. Substituting soy-based protein with locally produced single cell proteins from agrifood side-streams will also contribute to reduced greenhouse emissions. By this, both value-adding and waste reduction are achieved, giving new opportunities for maintaining and developing agricultural production throughout Norway.
The project is funded by «Forskningsmidlene fra jordbruk og matindustri», and is a collaboration between the research partners RISE PFI (project owner) and NTNU-Department of biotechnology and food science, and the industry partners Hoff AS, Felleskjøpet Fôrutvikling AS, Ringnes Supply Company AS, Membranteknikk AS, Salmon Group AS, BioSynTech AS, Norsk Kylling AS.
RISE PFI is part of RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden
RISE PFI is and internationally acknowledged research institute within processes and products based on lignocellulose. RISE PFI´s focus areas are Fibre technology and fibre-based products, Biorefining and Bioenergy and Biopolymers and Biocomposites.
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