Ongoing Innovation Projects

Below you can find a description of the ongoing innovation projects in BioValue

DSE Test Solutions

Unavngivet

PROJECT TITLE:

In-line Measurement equipment to measure the dry matters / water contents in process streams in biorefinery process with use of microwave technology.

PURPOSE AND GOAL:

This project aims to analyze In-line measurement of dry matter content in biorefinery process streams with microwaves. The purpose is to develop a new competitive measuring equipment for measuring water levels, and therefore also dry stuff levels in biomass using microwaves. The project will build upon already existing systems created by DSE, and competitors which only measures water levels from 0 – 30%. This new technology will not only help the biomass productions in a lot of ways, but will also create jobs in other sectors. The plan is to create a technology, which will cost half of the existing systems, while being more effective. The preliminary static tests shows that the technique can be used on biomasses with water levels up to 95 %. These preliminary tests shows the capabilities of the technology and delivers a promise for the future of bioproduction. This includes winning the Agro Business Park Innovation Competition 2014.

Most of the project activities have focused on prototype development and lab testing at DSE with input from project partners at Aarhus University. The project has been extended until end of June 2017.

For more information on DSE or the project see DSE website or contact project leader, Peder D. Lomborg at DSE

Liqtech

Liqtech

PROJECT TITLE:

High performance enzyme immobilization on ceramic membranes for application in
biorefineries

PURPOSE AND GOAL:

It is the main purpose of this project is to evaluate the use of silicon carbide as an immobilization matrix for enzymes with interest in biorefinery applications. Alcohol dehydrogenase will be used as a model enzyme, to later on evaluate the technology on other enzymes for interest for the end‐user.

Silicon carbide has been successfully used as a matrix for enzyme immobilization in e.g. fabrication of biosensors by immobilization of superoxide dismutases. A number of studies show that silicon carbide is a particularly adequate material for surface modification and subsequent immobilization, due to its robustness. After being subjected to controlled treatments involving high temperatures and specific atmospheres e.g. oxygen, the formation of organic monolayers or hydroxyl groups (that in turn allow either epoxy complexes or other compounds to attach to the enzyme covalently e.g. organosilanes) can be promoted on silicon carbide.

PROJECT RUN TIME:

The project is expected to run for the duration of one and a half years. Which means the project is expected to conclude around July, 2017.

PROJECT PARTNERS:

GreenField

PROJECT TITLE:

Protein-rich drinks based on protein from green biomass.

PURPOSE AND GOAL:

The purpose is to develop a new protein source as there currently is a strongly growing demand among consumers both at home and abroad for protein drinks that can partially replace meat and milk-based products. The goal is to meet the increasing demand for protein fortified soft drinks for modern consumers who demand a healthy alternative to regular soft drinks.

The idea behind the project is biorefining. Our results regarding extraction of protein for human consumption from green biomass will within the foreseeable future be able to supplement the production of vegetable protein for pig feed and grass fibers for cattle feed to the point where the entire process becomes cost-effective, and the market potential is considered to be huge.

The project focuses primarily on the use of applied knowledge and technology and we want to identify the optimal combination of purification steps to make the process profitable.

PROJECT RUN TIME:

The project is expected to run from September 2016 to February 2018.

PROJECT PARTNERS:

  • Greenfield International Aps
  • Dacofi Holding Aps
  • Danish Technical University, DTU-Food
  • University of Aarhus, Foulum, Animal Science
  • University of Copenhagen, KU-PLEN
Lihme

PROJECT TITLE:

Novel protein extraction, separation and refinement technologies of relevance for generating higher value products from the blue and the green biorefinery.

PURPOSE AND GOAL:

It is well described that the amino acid composition, digestibility and nutritional value of green plant and macroalgae proteins have both seasonal and growth stage variations. This can be overcome by well-planned harvesting and processing timing. However, the potential value as both food and feed ingredients are also dependent on the characteristics of the individual protein components. This project aims at inventing and developing improved technologies for separation and recovery of individual protein components with intact and value added functionalities preferably (but not compulsory for the project to be implemented) from both selected species of plants (grass and clover) and macroalgae (brown algae, e.g. Laminaria and Saccharina spp).

Therefore the purpose is innovating, patenting and development of novel extraction and separation technologies to upgrade biomass of macroalgae and selected green plant species by isolation of protein-rich products with high content of essential amino acids for use not only in feed but also for higher value food ingredients.

PROJECT RUN TIME:

The project is expected to run for 14 months, from September 2016 to January 2018.

PROJECT PARTNERS:

Lihme Protein Solutions ApS

Center for Bioprocess Engineering, DTU