BIO-SURFEST

Development of novel environmentally added-value surfactants and esters by biotechnological processes from fats and oils waste streams

 Coordinatore INDUSTRIAS SUESCUN SA 

 Organization address address: "CARRETERRA NA-134 KM 53,400"
city: ANDOSILLA
postcode: 31261

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Raul
Cognome: Suescun
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 948690067

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Spain [ES]
 Totale costo 1˙242˙468 €
 EC contributo 901˙081 €
 Programma FP7-SME
Specific Programme "Capacities": Research for the benefit of SMEs
 Code Call FP7-SME-2011
 Funding Scheme BSG-SME
 Anno di inizio 2011
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2011-10-01   -   2013-09-30

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    INDUSTRIAS SUESCUN SA

 Organization address address: "CARRETERRA NA-134 KM 53,400"
city: ANDOSILLA
postcode: 31261

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Raul
Cognome: Suescun
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 948690067

ES (ANDOSILLA) coordinator 310˙447.00
2    PHYTOLUTIONS GMBH

 Organization address address: CAMPUS RING 1
city: BREMEN
postcode: 28759

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Brigitte
Cognome: Schweitzer
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 42156627213
Fax: +49 42156627227

DE (BREMEN) participant 230˙691.00
3    MACHINEFABRIEK OTTO SCHOUTEN BV

 Organization address address: BEDRIJVENSTRAAT 6
city: GIESSEN
postcode: 4283 JH

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Gijsbert
Cognome: Schouten
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 183442041
Fax: +31 1442737

NL (GIESSEN) participant 164˙981.00
4    GREEN TECHNOLOGIES MELETES KAI ERGA GIA TO PERIVALLON ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EYTHINIS

 Organization address address: ELLINOS STRATIOTOU 5
city: PATRA
postcode: 26223

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Constantina
Cognome: Zafeiri
Email: send email
Telefono: +30 2610436551
Fax: +30 2610436551

EL (PATRA) participant 151˙495.00
5    "COMPUESTOS Y GRANZAS, S.A."

 Organization address address: CRTA. LODOSA-LOS ARCOS KM 13
city: MENDAVIA
postcode: 31587

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Cristina
Cognome: Castroviejo
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 948685800

ES (MENDAVIA) participant 38˙539.00
6    "L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL"

 Organization address city: LOS ARCOS
postcode: 31210

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Claudio
Cognome: Fernandez
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 948640318

ES (LOS ARCOS) participant 1˙440.00
7    UAB BIOCENTRAS

 Organization address address: Graiciuno 10
city: VILNIUS
postcode: 2241

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Saulius
Cognome: Grigiskis
Email: send email
Telefono: +370 52661313
Fax: +370 52602454

LT (VILNIUS) participant 1˙344.00
8    VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.

 Organization address address: An der Karlstadt 10
city: BREMERHAVEN
postcode: 27568

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Gerhard
Cognome: Schories
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 4719448701
Fax: +49 4719448722

DE (BREMERHAVEN) participant 1˙344.00
9    UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS

 Organization address address: UNIVERSITY CAMPUS RIO PATRAS
city: RIO PATRAS
postcode: 26500

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Michael
Cognome: Kornaros
Email: send email
Telefono: +30 2610 997418
Fax: +30 2610 969556

EL (RIO PATRAS) participant 800.00

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free    restaurants    biotechnological    vegetable    fats    streams    acids    bioproducts    enzymatic    ester    toxic    hotels    materials    waste    biodiesel    biosurfactants    producers    semi    industries    surfactants    surfest    wastes    producing    validation    plants    suitable    material    feed    industrial    biodegradable    oil    fatty    oils    commercial    catalysis    fermentative    fermentation    lab    esters    obtain    market    bio    raw   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'Currently, different origin waste oils have been used mostly as animal feed, raw material for soap makers, and feed stock for fatty acid production. The existent patents and commercial processes to make fatty acids from waste oils always refers to hydrolysis and acidification steps using strong acids such as sulphuric or hydrochloridic acids, producing a mixture of fatty acids, inorganic salts, water, and other small components such as glycerine or phospholipids. Waste technical fats can provide a raw material basis for the production of surfactants. This amount of waste oil will serve as raw material for obtaining bio-surfactant and ester oils by biotechnological processes. This project Bio-SURFEST will develop two biotechnological processes at semi-industrial scale in order to produce two different classes of bio-products, bio-surfactants and ester oils (non useful for biodiesel production). Bio-surfactants will be produced by fermentative process and ester oils will be produced by enzymatic catalysis. Both biotechnological methods will use as raw materials or feedstock fry waste oil or technical fats. The main goal of the project Bio-SURFEST is to obtain high-value compounds such as bio-surfactants and ester oils from waste oils or technical fats, which represent a low value residue from a great variety of industries like hotels, restaurants, vegetable oil industry, biodiesel producers, etc. The aim of the present project is to determine suitable technical and economical production methods in order to obtain biosurfactants and other bio-products of high added value. Bio-SURFEST is focusing on the biotechnological optimisation of bio-products synthesis, using techniques such as fermentation and enzymatic catalysis. Using this approach, tailor-made bio-products will be obtained, purified and finally tested for their use in different applications.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Hotels, restaurants, vegetable oil industries and biodiesel producers are sources of cheaper oils and oil wastes. Use of such waste streams to produce bioproducts' such as biosurfactants and ester oils could sustainably reduce production costs.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

The EU-funded http://www.biosurfest.com (BIO-SURFEST) project worked on the semi-industrial scale production of biosurfactants and ester oils using such waste streams. The fermentation process wwas developed to produce biosurfactants and enzymatic catalysis was used to manufacture esters oils.

Comprehensive characterisation of waste streams revealed that oil wastes such as waste cooking oil and restaurant grease are the most suitable substrates for producing biosurfactants and ester oils. Other waste streams including olive oil mill wastewater and cheese whey were also investigated for use as raw material.

Requirements and specifications for the two biotechnological processes were determined for lab scale production. The biosurfactants should be non-toxic, ethylene oxide-free, sulphate-free, biodegradable, and capable of withstanding extreme conditions of temperature, pH and salinity. Ester oils need to be biodegradable, non-toxic, and compatible with materials like plastics, resins, rubbers and elastomers. Based on market needs, researchers focused on producing biosurfactants such as rhamnolipid and sophorolipid and ester oils such as ethyl esters and monoacylglycerides.

After successful validation of fermentative and enzymatic catalysis at lab scale, pilot plants were designed to up-scale production. Process ptimisation and validation followed and bioproducts were produced with good yield and consistent quality.

In parallel, the team carried out environmental impact assessment, techno-economic analysis and a life cycle assessment to ensure optimal exploitation of these bioprocesses and bioproducts. Bio-based products were found to be more expensive to produce than their non-bio-based counterparts due to issues with economy of scale and technology maturity.

Two main business models were proposed by project partners involving the commercial development of such plants and production of bioproducts'. Safety, non-toxicity and eco-friendliness of these methods and products feature highly in the exploitation strategy.

The EU bio-based market is estimated to be worth billions of EUROs and this market is expected to grow. Besides increasing employment opportunities, product and process commercialisation will enhance EU competitiveness in several industrial sectors.

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