Project

LACTIC ACID AND BIOSURFACTANTS SOURCED FROM SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL (FOOD) WASTE FEEDSTOCKS AS NOVEL FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS

Acronym
WASTE2FUNC
Code
41D07821
Duration
01 June 2021 → 30 November 2024
Funding
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Lipids
    • Biochemistry and metabolism not elsewhere classified
    • Synthetic biology
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biocatalysis and enzyme technology
    • Bioprocessing, bioproduction and bioproducts
    • Fermentation
    • Industrial microbiology
    • Industrial biotechnology not elsewhere classified
Keywords
novel products Bioproducts biomaterials bioplastics biofuels bioderived bulk and fine chemicals bio-derived novel materials
 
Project description

The WASTE2FUNC project aims to resolve supply chain hurdles towards the efficient conversion of food (crop) waste into
two types of biobased functional molecules for use in home- and personal care applications: lactic acid and microbial
biosurfactants, functionally outperforming or equalling their respective fossil-based and/or 1G bio-based benchmarks. A new
and sustainable biomass waste supply chain will be set up, in close interaction with the primary sector, by developing an ‘ad
hoc’ registration- and collection system for erratic agricultural biomass waste and integrating this new biomass supply chain
with an existing industrially available and continuous food waste stream , currently converted into biogas. This integration is
crucial to build viable business cases associated with the WASTE2FUNC supply- and -value chains. The integration of the
WASTE2FUNC biomass supply chain with new value chains based on the cost- and eco- efficient conversion of the waste
biomass into market ready functional molecules for home- and personal care applications will be demonstrated. The value
chains will be set up by (interaction with) all relevant key stakeholders: farmers and their representatives, primary crop-/food
processors, food processors and -retailers, food waste collectors, technology owners for bio-based process, scale up
facilities, product developers and -retailers in the respective sectors of application (home- and personal care) (B2B and
B2C), regulators and last but not least the consumer . This interaction will be key to define benefits required for the
farmers, regulatory- and processing hurdles, product developer- and consumer requirements and -constraints. Together
with environmental, economic, social and regulatory analyses and constant optimization, performed by the WASTE2FUNC
project partners, this will decrease CO2 emissions with at least 20% and increase value from waste with 2-10 fold and create
(high tech) jobs for the primary- and downstream sector in Belgium and Europe.