iBET is a partner of MULTI-STR3AM, an 2019 European Union’s Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) project that aims to develop robust microalgae biorefineries as a sustainable mean for the producion of high-value products for food, feed and fragrance.
Microalgae have a vast biosynthetic potential and are a rich source of lipids, protein and high-value compounds such as pigments. However, despite their characteristics, they are underexploited as a crop. Mainly due to barriers of scale, microalgae products struggle to achieve the economies of conventional products, such as palm oil or soybean.
Engaging global actors from the industrial, academic and non-profit sectors, MULTI-STR3AM will address challenges of costs, scale and sustainability, to create a roadmap for economical viablility, industrial-scale cultivation and Biorefinery process.
MULTI-STR3AM will demonstrate 7 consumer products, including:
- lipids for edible spreads;
- protein, carbohydrates and lipids for feed ingredients for poultry, pigs and ruminants;
- protein and small organic compounds as building blocks for the fragrance industry
João Crespo (Membrane Bioprocesses Lab) is the iBET’s team leader in the project and Teresa Crespo (Food Safety & Microbiology Lab) is a work-package leader.
The MULTI-STR3AM project is coordinated by Algae for future (A4F), Portugal, and funded with a total of €9M. Alongside iBET, 7 European institutions are part of this initiative: Algae for future (Portugal), Centre Algatech (Czech Republic), For Farmers (Netherlands), International Flavours and Fragrances (Netherlands), Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (Portugal), Phycom (Netherlands) and Upfield (Netherlands).
MULTI-STR3AM project officially started on May 2020 and the Web Kick-off meeting took place on the 9th of July with all partners present. Stay tuned for the developments of this project!