¨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
Upscaling to 75L cylinders completed, production phase in development, with weekly harvests.
Field trials inoculated on AlgaeRope at selected site
Cultivation in open sea on patented textile substrated, minifarm developed in Asturias.
Spirulina platensis, Isochrysis galbana and Nannochloropsis sp.
Pilot scale cultivation in PBR and MUTL.
Biomass production focused on Spirulina platensis and Nannochloropsis sp.
Complete algal biomass composition developed.
Impact of preservation approaches analyzed, completed.
Cascading biorefinery approach on microalgae and seaweeds defined.
Food, feed and cosmetic application validation process started on extracts obtained from WP2.
Extracts are subjected to characterization tests for the mentioned applications, and initial formulation tests were developed.
Working schemes developed based on the results obtained in WP3 and food and feed formulation matrices proposed.
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).