EFFicient SEParation of Macroconstituents from Biomass by Combining Unit Operations based on Insights in the Structural Organisation

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In the frame of circular economy and bio-based thinking, increased attention is placed on the valorisation of food waste, preferably producing new products/derivatives of food waste with high added value in the valorisation chain. On the other hand, to be able to fulfil current needs and trends towards the use of alternative and new biomass and their ingredients in the food, attention is going to producing food ingredients from these biomasses.

The EffSep project aims at obtaining a clear mechanistic insight on the impact of unit operations, used for the stabilisation, disruption and extraction of constituents of the biomass, on cell wall disruption and cellular organization of the biomass. Obtaining this insight will allow us to start building a decision tree which is the final end-point of the project. The project focuses on the extraction of macroconstituents: proteins, polysaccharides and lipids from nine plant-based food waste streams in Flanders. The EffSep results will provide better valorisation opportunities for companies in business-to-business (B2B) such as food/feed ingredient producers, suppliers of biomass or food waste processors and business-to-consumer (B2C) environments. The B2C companies will use the products supplied by the first group and/or the insights resulting from the EffSep project for product processing, development and/or improvement.

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  • Duration: November 2019 until January 2024
  • Total budget: 2 984 631 Euro
  • Coordinator: VEG-i-TEC research group - University of Ghent