The Pro-Enrich project will develop a flexible biorefinery approach able to processing a range of agricultural residues from rapeseed meal, olives, tomatoes and citrus fruit industries. This will help fulfil the growing global demand for alternative sources of protein and phenolic product streams.
Pro-Enrich take the process of fractionising biomass to a new level, identifying proteins, polyphenols, dietary fibres and pigments for use as food ingredients, pet food, cosmetics and adhesives.
The specific objectives of the Pro-Enrich project are to:
Determine the components with the highest market potential from the four residue streams being investigated, as evaluated by the project industrial end user partners;
Undertake a range of bio-refining processes that yield high quantities of high-purity functional proteins and bioactive components;
Develop the biorefinery processes in pilot scale, advancing the best businesses cases to demonstration scale.
Apply components isolated from the bio-refining into key market areas and demonstrate their fitness for purpose;
Undertake a system analysis to make these processes technically and economically attractive;
Undertake sustainability assessments of process alternatives to ensure that any new product ranges developed provide environmental benefits.
Carry out a feasibility assessment of the Pro-Enrich business model.