TECH NEED

Seeking Mild Processing Technology for Oils/Fats and Proteins Production

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Foods - Processes
TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
United Kingdom
ID NUMBER:
TN171841

Background/Description

We are working with an established ingredients manufacturer supplying the food industry with a range of oils/fats and proteins. The production of these ingredients can require extensive processing, high energy consumption, and the use of large quantities of organic solvents (e.g. hexane), all of which provide environmental risks. The food industry and its supply chain currently face the dual challenge of moving to more sustainable sources (requiring alternative sources of oils/fats and proteins that can provide similar yield/quality to products such as palm oil), whilst finding ‘greener’ methods of processing that don’t require the use of organic solvents and capital intensive processes. This shift to sustainable farming and processing is being increasingly demanded by more knowledgeable consumers keen to protect the environment and the long-term health of the planet and its occupants. The client has committed to extending and improving the sustainability of their operations and seeks innovative partners to enable this change.

The client is therefore actively searching for partners with expertise in the mild (sustainable and/or solvent-free) processing of plant-based raw materials that could enable the future production of oils/fats and proteins suitable for the food industry. We are therefore interested to connect with start-ups and established companies that can demonstrate proof of concept at pilot scale and beyond, for technologies with the potential for production scale within 5 years (>100s of tons).

Technology Specification

Solutions of interest could include:-

Technologies to mitigate current processing issues:

  • Use of organic solvents
  • CO2 and environmental footprint
  • Energy consumption
  • Social impact
  • Capital expenditure

Processing solutions to extract fats, proteins and other compounds from sunflower, rape (canola), soy and other raw materials:

  • Technology to assist extraction and refining - e.g. microwave, ultrasound, supercritical fluid, high-pressure, pulsed electric field, enzymes, etc.
  • Processes utilising green solvents - e.g. water, carbon dioxide, ionic liquids, etc
  • Technologies that reduce/replace the use of fossil fuel-derived chemicals (e.g. in solvent production) and fuels (e.g. raw material processing)
  • Solutions that don’t require high CAPEX / large footprint to allow processing sites close to raw material

Solutions from companies processing high value / difficult to extract compounds for the health / personal care industries, that can be scaled for the food industry are of particular interest.

 

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)
  • IP Acquisition
  • Licensing
  • Others
  • R&D Collaboration
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