The Consortium is preparing a project proposal to submit under a future Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) call next year. The Consortium will propose the production of a high-value biobased product coming from the treatment of oily wastewater, and in particular from olive oil mill factory. Six partners have confirmed their interest in taking part in the project. The main countries involved (although subject to change) are Belgium, France and Spain or Greece.
The project will generate new bio-based molecules with high added value which could be used in the food sector (as an emulsifier) and in cosmetics or even pharmaceutical areas.
The Consortium is looking for an industrial partner producer of lactic acid or producer of surfactant already active on the market, and interested in expanding its catalogue with bio-based products.
This partner should be willing to share its processes and technological constrains in order to suitably fine tune the properties of the newly developed molecules. The new bio-based surfactant molecules developed and characterised by the Consortium should be tested under industrial process conditions and in marketable formulations, and validated in relevant environments. Industrial partner should contribute to technology transfer to enable production of the new surfactant molecules at pilot scale.
Possible estimated deadline: second semester of 2020.