¨Innovative cost-effective technology for maximizing aquatic biomass-based molecules for food, feed and cosmetic applications¨
The overall objective of BIOSEA is the development and validation of innovative, competitive and cost-effective upstream and downstream processes for the cultivation of 3 microalgae (Spirulina platensis, Isochrysis galbana and Nannochloropsis sp.), and 2 macroalgae (Ulva ohnoi and Saccharina latissima) to produce and extract at least 6 high value active principles at low cost (up to 55% less than with current processes) to be used in food, feed and cosmetic/personal care as high-added value products.
The innovation will be on applying them on algae or in combination with other techniques for recovery of multiple compounds from the same feedstock, which will require technological adjustment & optimizations.
BIOSEA process will be effective and environmental friendly and the compounds will be obtained at low cost and will be used in food, feed and cosmetic/personal care markets. By this way, the industrialization of the process could be addressed once the project ends.
Total project duration: 36 months. 1st of June 2017- 31st of May 2020
Optimized algae cultivation and biomass production at small scale
Ulva ohoi and Saccharina spp. pilot scale cultivation
Spirulina platensis and Nannochloropsis sp. pilot scale cultivation
Tailored extraction of active compounds through cascading approach was developed for each envisaged algae strains, following the ¨zero waste¨ concept.
Extracts are subjected to characterization tests for the mentioned applications.
Complete validation of suitability of ingredients in preliminary food, feed and cosmetic formulations.
Veggie burger with algae sourced ingredients inclusion
Skin care formulation and encapsulation
Fish nutrition experiments with algae inclusion in feed
Piglet feed pellet with algae inclusion
Working schemes developed based on the results obtained in WP3 and food and feed formulation matrices proposed.
(left) RAW – (right) FRIED
Cosmetics algae caviar
Fish experiments and formulation
Piglet feed pellet
LCA and SLCA are under development for the definition of the environmental and social impact of the BIOSEA process.
Project Management Handbook as guidance for a good communication and project execution flow.
For achieving the objectives, BIOSEA consortium consists of specialists in specific area/s or discipline/s involved in the project (IGV and CTAQUA in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology; VITO and FEYECON in Chemical Science and Engineering; CNTA, BIOPOLIS, DIBAQ, SORIA NATURAL and CPCFEED in Food/Feed Technology; VLCI and HENKEL in Cosmetic Science; AITEX in Materials Science and TABU in Environmental Science).