The second BIOSEA project meeting was held at VLCI’s facilities in Amsterdam between the 24th and 25th of October 2018.
The objective of the project is the development and improvement of profitable and sustainable methods for the industrial scale cultivation of selected species of macro and microalgae for the production and extraction of a minimum of 6 active components with a high added-value factor, to be used in industries such as cosmetics, food and animal feed.
It is expected that BIOSEA will contribute to the reduction of European dependence on the importation of raw materials, while reducing pressure on land resources and opening new niche markets and businesses.
Due to the research-based nature of the project, a strain of algae has been added to the project’s list of working biomasses, so the starting point of the BIOSEA process is summarised as follows:
The following results have been obtained so far:
- The optimisation of the cultivation process for the selected micro and macroalgae.
- The extraction of active compounds: optimisation of the extraction process and the isolation of proteic, lipid and sugars fractions.
- The evaluation of the practical viability of the proteins in food and cosmetic applications, lipids that provide additional functionalities to cosmetic formulations and sugars in cosmetic applications.
This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union under contract No. 745622.