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About the project

The InnoRenew CoE is a partner in the Bio-Based Industries project Pro-Enrich, entitled: “Development of novel functional proteins and bioactive ingredients from rapeseed, olive, tomato and citrus fruit side streams for applications in food, cosmetics, pet food and adhesives.” The project is led by the Danish Technological Institute and is designed to develop sustainable and competitive bio-based industries in Europe.

Pro-Enrich will develop an integrated sustainable biorefinery approach capable of processing a range of agricultural residues for the delivery of high value protein and bioactive product streams, suited to the needs of a wide range of high value end uses.

The consortium with the involved industries sees a huge potential and a strong need for developing more cost and energy efficient biorefining technologies and processing methods. These technologies must achieve purity levels that meet market specifications and regulations.

Pro-Enrich will address these challenges by producing a range of proteins and bioactive compounds suitable for applications in food, pet food, adhesives and cosmetics. Specifically, Pro-Enrich will define, develop and test new and sustainable optimised technologies for pre-treatment, extraction, separation and the purification of target compounds including functional proteins, polyphenols, dietary fibres and pigments meeting the market expectations from side streams in the processing of rapeseed, olives, citrus and tomatoes.

Project activities

The structure of the work is designed to facilitate the development of key biomass fractionation and separation technologies from Technology Readiness Level – TRL 2 (technology concept formulated) through to TRL 4 (Technology validated in lab) and TRL 5 (technology validated in relevant environment), through an iterative process of feedstock mapping, laboratory process development, functionality/performance testing of samples, pilot upscaling and demonstration of best business cases.

The InnoRenew CoE, supported by the University of Primorska, will strongly contribute to this project by characterising and analysing the targeted compounds after experimental treatments, extraction efficacy, and their suitability for use with industrial partner needs.

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 792050. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.

Duration of the project: 01 May 2018 – 30 April 2021
Principal investigator at the InnoRenew CoE: Matthew John Schwarzkopf, PhD