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Reference number
Funding from Vinnova SEK 997 500
Project duration November 2016 - April 2017
Status Completed
Venture Circular economy
Call Circular flows - a call within circular biobased economy (pre-studies)

Important results from the project

The purpose with this project is to develop a new circular system for sustainable production of feed ingredients based on domestically cultured sea squirt. During the pre-study, customer need has been analyzed and three market segments have been identified. The concept has received serious interest and a verification plan has been developed together with key stakeholders. A first business plan has been defined for commercialization of the feed ingredient.

Expected long term effects

By pursuing this project, we aim to create an alternative to current resource consuming system for food production to meet an increased need for organic produced food. We want to introduce a circular system for nitrogen- and phosphorus flows, that returns nutrient from a far to nutrient-rich seas back to the food production system. The long-term goal is to be able to offer feed producers a new circular-based feed ingredient based domestically cultivated sea squirts (Ciona Intestinalis)

Approach and implementation

A key activity in the pre-study has been to identify customer need in close and iterative interactions with potential customers to verify the potential and develop a plan for development necessary for commercialization. Regulatory aspects have been analyzed and the analysis did not reveal any hindrance for Ciona as feed. Lab tests have been performed with good results showing a protein content above 60 % and good digestibility.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2016-04247

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