Extraction of high-value components from Swedish natural resources
|Coordinator||RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB - RISE Jordbruk och livsmedel, Lund|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 500 000|
|Project duration||November 2016 - August 2017|
|Venture||Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation|
|Call||Challenge-Driven Innovation - Stage 1 Initiation 2016 (autumn)|
Purpose and goal
The long-term goal of the work is to establish an industry for valorisation of underused natural resources, such as plants and berries, to high-value extracts that can be used as natural ingredients, e.g. in foods. The aims of the initial project were to establish a strong and motivated project consortium, to review potential raw materials and extraction methods, and to write an application for funding of a cooperation project. The two first aims were met, but the third could not be met because of insufficient funding from the participants in order to reach the required project size.
Expected results and effects
A large number of plants and berries that can be used as raw materials for production of valuable extracts have been identified. Advantages and disadvantages of different extraction techniques have also been described extensively. These reviews, and the establishment of a motivated project group including participants from along the production chain, make up a strong basis for continued cooperation. An industry that utilizes and valorises underused resources in the Swedish nature has a large potential to become a commercial success, but there are obstacles that need to be overcome.
Planned approach and implementation
The project consisted of three workshops, each of which had clear and defined goals. The overreaching problem was identified at the first workshop, potential solutions were presented at the second workshop, while the way forward was discussed at the final workshop. Other activities have also been ongoing throughout the project. These include performing literature studies, writing reports and trying to engage more partners to the work.