Agri and food waste valorization based on biorefinery processing technologies – AgriMax

Agri & food waste valorisation co-ops based on flexible multi-feedstocks biorefinery processing technologies

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Project term: 1.10.2016 - 30.9.2020

Project management and funding:
EU, EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020

 

In Europe 90 million tonnes of food and millions of tonnes of crops are wasted each year. Besides being morally wrong, this wastage also has a significant environmental and economic impact.

In the European project AgriMax these waste materials will be used to produce multiple high-value products. The project aims to increase sustainability in Europe through a number of novel and innovative bio-based products for the food, packaging, and agricultural sectors.

In AgriMax two flexible multi-feedstock pilot scale biorefineries will be developed and commissioned. By using these pilot plants as demonstrators, the technologic and economic feasibility of processes to valorize agrifood by-products will be verified. By combining and integrating efficient processes, both plants will deliver functional and high-value materials for:

  • Packaging (bioplastics, biocomposites, bio-based coatings, active packaging constituents, stabilizers)
  • Food (additives, natural flavors, ingredients, edible coatings)
  • Agricultural materials (mulching films, biodegradable pots, bio-compost)

The biorefineries will be constructed in Italy and Spain and will utilize residues from cereal and tomato processing (Italy) and olive and potato processing (Spain) as feedstocks. These residues will be provided by local agricultural cooperatives. End users will test the novel bio-based materials in their products and evaluate their application specific properties. Furthermore, the pilot plants will be assessed for their ecologic and economic sustainability and regulatory issues will be taken into account.

The Fraunhofer IVV is involved in the Spanish pilot biorefinery, developing processes for the valorization of olive and potato residues. The institute is also involved in the evaluation of different materials as food ingredients, active packaging constituents and edible packaging. The Fraunhofer IVV is responsible for the technical management of the project.

 

Survey: perception of bio-based products for food and packaging

 

We want to hear from businesses in the food and packaging supply chain: tell us thoughts on using bio-based products.

The survey is open until the 30th June 2019.

It will take around 10 minutes to fill in the survey. All answers will be handled anonymously; it is not possible to track back any answer to any participant of the survey.