SeaRefinery will develop eco-friendly chemical and enzymatic processing technologies to extract and purify high value-added components such as antioxidants, antimicrobial components and hydrocolloids from cultivated seaweed species (e.g. Saccharina latissima) in an integrated biorefinery. Bioactive compounds, e.g. phlorotannins, fucoidan, and laminarin, will be selectively tested for bioactivity. In addition, laminarin and marine proteins will be tested in nutraceutical and selected food model systems.
Alginate will be tested as additive for textile applications via coating and extrusion technologies. In order to maximise the value of the biorefinery feedstock (input) and derived products (output), we will grow monocultures on innovative textile cultivation substrates with high yield biomass production. Seasonal variation, replicated over two years, of the selected biomolecules will be a measuring tool for harvesting the seaweeds with maximum contents of bioactive compounds.
This three year project is undertaken in collaboration between 3 research partners i.e. Danish Technological Institute (Denmark), Centexbel (the Belgian Textile Research Centre, Belgium) and Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland), and 5 industrial partners i.e. Marinox ehf (Iceland), CyberColloids Ltd (Ireland), Sioen Industries NV (Belgium), Hortimare AS (The Netherlands), and ViVoX ApS (Denmark).
Centexbel will use its expertise acquired in previous projects to optimize the textile coatings and formulations for algae growth on textile substrates.
SeaRefinery is a Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET 055 project, funded by Vlaams agentschap voor innoveren en ondernemen.