Towards industrial-scale microalgae cultivation in Europe.
Current agricultural and manufacturing practices are causing irreparable environmental damage. Although microalgae are a promising solution to this problem, they are underexploited as a crop. This is because microalgae products struggle to achieve the same economies of scale as conventional products. The EU-funded MULTI-STR3AM project aims to provide valuable microalgal products for large end-users in the food, feed and fragrance sectors by reducing costs, increasing scale and boosting sustainability. Its products will include lipids for edible spreads, protein, carbohydrates and lipids for feed ingredients for poultry, pigs and ruminants, and protein and small organic compounds as building blocks for the fragrance industry. The project will pave the way for sustainable industrial-scale microalgae cultivation in Europe.
Apart from Phycom, the project partners are:
A4F incorporates the knowledge and experience of more than 20 years in the field of industrial microalgae biotechnologies. It is a bioengineering company, which Designs, Builds, Operates and Transfers (DBOT) microalgae industrial production and processing plants worldwide. A4F will coordinate the consortium, produce biomass autotrophically and build and operate the biorefinery according to the final product specifications for the end-users. Website
IMIC, Institute of Microbiology – Centre Algatech was established in 1960 as a research institution for microalgal biotechnology research for wide application from food/feed industry to medial applications. Since then the Centre developed into an internationally recognized research institution focus on both fundamental and applied research in microalgal biotechnology, genetics, physiology, metabolism, biochemistry, cultivation. The Centre team is responsible for searching new promising strains of microalgae, lab to pilot scale cultivation in both auto- and heterotrophic conditions and testing chromatographic technology for a large scale downstream processing. Website
ForFarmers (FF) (Lochem, the Netherlands) is an internationally operating feed company. With sales of approximately 10 million tons of feed annually, ForFarmers is market leader in Europe. The company is operating in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Poland and the United Kingdom. ForFarmers has approximately 2,700 employees. In 2018, the turnover amounted to over € 2.4 billion. ForFarmers will demonstrate and validate the products resulting from earlier steps in the process for our feed industry application. This can be analytics in our lab, in vitro evaluation, in vivo animal trials and financial calculations. Website
Instituto De Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (iBET) is a private non-profit institution focused in bioprocess development services. As a Biotechnology Research Organization iBET acts as an interface between academic and private institutions while also creating and organizing autonomous knowledge and expertise. The IBET unit of Food and Health develops work in Food and Nutritional sciences, bringing together researchers with various expertise, including analytical and organic chemists, pharmacists, biochemists, microbiologists, biological and chemical engineers.
In the project, IBET will be responsible for Producing high value bioactive compounds from a large variety of complex natural matrices, namely recovery, purification and characterization of proteins, polar lipids and pigments and for Developing (bio)reactors and their integration with membrane processing for in-situ recovery of valuable bioactive products. Website
For over 130 years, IFF has been using artistry, science, and expertise to create unique and unexpected scents, tastes, experiences and ingredients for the products our world craves—from global iconic brands to indie startups. Driven by its purpose – To redefine & transform how we live in and care for the resources of our world – IFF is committed to do more good, question everything, and champion creators.
As part of IFF’s long history of developing innovative solutions for a multitude of global challenges, the Company is proud to participate and support the Multistr3am project to pioneer materials for fragrance encapsulation and continue to expand its portfolio of renewable fragrance ingredients. The goal of IFF’s R&D collaboration with the European Commission’s CORDIS Horizon 2020 framework program is to validate whether algae materials can be incorporated into the Company’s high-quality products, innovative solutions and partnerships with customers to deliver growth, and build the way to a more sustainable future. Website
Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P (LNEG), the Portuguese National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, is a State Laboratory attached to the Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition, which mission is to promote technological innovation in the fields of energy and geology focused on science and technology, with the overriding objective of raising company competitiveness within a framework of sustainable economic progress. LNEG will Implement innovative separation technologies for bioproducts extracted from microalgae biomass, pilot testing of biorefinery, refinery scale-up support and industrialization and perform Life-Cycle Environmental and Social Assessment, as well as techno-economic assessment of the whole value chain. Website
Upfield is the largest plant-based consumer products company in the world. Company’s purpose is to make people healthier and happier with great testing, all-natural, plant-based nutrition products that are good for consumers and the planet. Upfield is strongly committed to sustainable development that guides the entire value-chain taking into account responsible sourcing, no deforestation due to company’s supply chain and minimizing the use of packaging. Upfield will take part in this proposal in its role as an end-user of oil/fat compounds that will be extracted from microalgae.
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