Value-creating utilization of plant raw materials via cascade systems

Biogenic raw materials contain several valuable fractions (e.g. lipids, proteins, dietary fiber, and secondary plant raw materials). However, many industrial processes involve the recovery and utilization of just one of these target fractions. In order to maximize the utilization of the raw materials we develop processes and combinations of processes that enable the recovery of several fractions. To do this we evaluate the yields and functionalities of fractions obtained from different combinations and sequences of processes (e.g. solubility, emulsifying properties, foaming behavior, gel formation properties, adhesion, film formation), so allowing technologically viable processes to be identified. The resulting byproduct streams (e.g. extraction residues, UF permeates) are included in the total processing plan that involves suitable recycling strategies and cascade systems. In our small pilot plant facilities we can undertake trials on a volume up to 2 m³.

Current research projects

  • Processing methods for the usage of macauba palm fruits for the food industry and for technical applications - Acrowards

  • Agri and food waste valorization co-ops based on flexible multi-feedstocks biorefinery processing technologies for new high added value applications – Agrimax

  • Sustainable techno-economic solutions for the agricultural value chain – Agrocycle