Biorefinery of protein-rich biomass

The strategic innovation programme, in which TNO and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research will combine their technology portfolios and expertise in proposed projects, will focus on the following specific research areas:

High-value applications for fish and meat protein co-products

Fisheries, fish processing and meat processing industries generate large amounts of co-products that are rich in high-value proteins. With this research project, TNO and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research intend to elucidate the valorisation potential of meat and fish processing by-products in relation to the possible domains of application (both food and non-food). We will approach this from the perspective of the application (desired quality and functionality) as well as the source material. More information

Biorefinery of leaf material

Fresh biomass such as grass, seaweed, duckweed and beet leaves are an agro-feedstock that have been recognised as an important (future) source of protein. Within this research project, TNO and Food & Biobased Research aim to (co-) produce proteins from leaves for chemical and material applications that are complementary to food/feed applications. More information

Proteins from oil seeds

The oil production from rapeseed and sunflower seeds results in co-products that still contain valuable compounds like proteins. TNO and Food & Biobased Research will join their expertise on extraction, purification and modification of proteins for food, feed as well as non-food applications. By using basic knowledge on the properties of the proteins in rapeseed, optimised extraction procedures can be used to produce protein rich fractions with divers compositions in protein content, protein distribution and other non-protein compounds. Protein properties can be tailored toward specific applications: adhesives, binders, surfactants and building blocks. More information