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The SYLFEED project takes the wood to food value chain to demonstration scale

RISE Processum participates in the BBI project SYLFEED. The Arbiom-led consortium has received €11.7M funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) to demonstrate the production of sustainable feed for aquaculture from forestry material. The SYLFEED project brings together key industry and research players to assemble the new "wood to food" value chain: Arbiom, Laxa, Matis, Norske Skog Golbey, Østfoldforskning, Prayon, Processum and Skretting.

The €11.7M EU in funding from the European Union BBI-JU will support the building of a demonstration plant that will be co-located with Norske Skog Golbey's pulp and paper site in the east of France.

The project will effectively convert non-food biomass into feed ingredients by growing protein rich microorganisms on pre-processed woody biomass. Already demonstrated by the partners at pilot scale, the SYLFEED project will allow for the improvement of the overall process and its operation in a 5,000 tonnes/year capacity demonstration plant. The project brings together partners from five countries covering all of the key steps of the value chain:

  • Biomass sourcing and industrial scale processing by Norske Skog Golbey.
  • Biomass fractionation and conversion into microbial proteins by ARBIOM.
  • Phosphoric acid processing and industrial scale-up by Prayon.
  • Advanced expertise in microbial proteins production by Processum, a subsidiary to RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden.
  • Fish feed formulation and trials by Iceland research institute Matis.
  • Cradle-to-cradle lifecycle analysis by Norwegian firm, Østfoldforskning.
  • Final validation of the product by aquaculture companies, Laxa and Skretting, global leaders in fish feed production.

"The SYLFEED project puts a new spin on the bio-economy: lignocellulose is not only a sustainable solution for the chemicals and fuels industries, but now also present us with a scalable and sustainable solution to the world's growing food sourcing problems in general and Europe's protein deficit in particular," said Marc Chevrel, CEO of Arbiom/Biométhodes. "The demonstration plant and complete coverage of the value chain will allow us to prove the viability of our approach at commercial scale."
"The SYLFEED project will be a big step towards commercialisation of the concept of production of Single cell protein from forest biomass," says Björn Alriksson, Head of Group Biotechnology, Processum. "We are looking forward to three tremendously exciting years of R&D work together with our partners."

For more information about the Sylfeed project, please contact:
Björn Alriksson, Processum, tel. +46 10 516 67 53, e-mail: bjorn.alriksson(at)processum.se

Processum started in 2003 and has developed from a technology park in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, to a leading biorefinery initiative, both nationally and internationally. The major parts of the activities concern support and initiatives regarding research and development in the areas biotechnology, energy technology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and raw materials with a focus on sustainability. Together with other biorefinery initiatives along the coast of the northern part of Sweden, and together with the universities, form an important hub for development of new products, energy solutions and fuels based on wood raw material. Processum hosts the growth initiative The Biorefinery of the Future. RISE Processum AB is owned 60 % by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and 40 % by the 20 member companies forming the Processum Interest Group.

SYLFEED project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 745591.

Source: SP Processum

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