The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2017 call has launched 17 new projects, aiming to create value from residues and side streams from innovative biomass sources including aquatic, bio-waste and CO2. Through their annual calls, the BBU JU aims “to implement a programme of research and innovation activities in Europe that will assess the availability of renewable biological resources that can be used for the production of bio-based materials, and on that basis support the establishment of sustainable bio-based value chains.” These new projects for 2018 focus on the development of solutions to address issues associated with feedstock supply, optimised processing, innovative bio-based products and market uptake.
The addition of these 17 new projects brings the BBI JU portfolio to 82 running projects, covering the four strategic orientations outlined in the Strategic and Innovation Research Agenda (SIRA). For these projects, the BBI has granted €85 million to 194 beneficiaries from 25 different countries divided over 10 Research & Innovation Action projects, 2 Coordination and Support Action projects, 4 Demonstration Action projects and 1 Flagship Action project.
AQUABIOPRO-FIT, aimed at utilising aquaculture and agriculture biomass by-products as a source of proteins and bioactives for feed, fitness and health-promoting nutritional supplements, is one of these 17 newly granted projects. The first to sign the grant agreement, AQUABIOPRO-FIT started on 1 April 2018 and will run for 4 years. Through the development of biomass processing technologies, AQUABIOPRO-FIT will up-concentrate nutrients and functional compounds while maintaining product quality. The expected impact is a 50% reduction in both cage farming aquaculture waste and fisheries by-catch discards. The resultant ingredients will be used in food applications targeting athlete performance, anti-anxiety and anti-depression as well as body, skin and hair health.
Adapted from BBI JU Launches 17 New Projects that will Validate the Potential of Biomass in Europe.