AGROALGA: BIOSTIMULANTS FROM ALGAE WITH PHYTOSANITARY EFFECT
One of the most recent business areas of NEOALGAE is the biostimulants and biofertilizers market, since it produces and trades a biofertilizer rich in amino acids from the microalga Spirulina (Spiragro). Of the contacts with his new clients he has detected a demand not covered in the market on the availability of a fertilizer product that contains micro and macro algae and that allows them to reduce the use of pesticides.
On the other hand, the industrial tomato is one of the most important crops in Spain, with 3.2 million tons cultivated in 2017 (MAPAMA, 2017). From the phytosanitary point of view, it is a crop with a high incidence of pests and diseases; the fruits and leaves are very close, being susceptible to suffer combined attacks, which directly imply a decrease in crop yield. On the other hand, it is an annual crop and, therefore, phytosanitary threats can kill the whole crop.
AGROALGA aims to investigate and develop new biostimulants from algal biomass that have phytosanitary action on the tomato industry thanks to the incorporation of extracts of aromatic plants.
In order to develop the new products, innovations will be carried out overcoming the following technological challenges:
1. Selection of microalgae species: emerging species will be used in this field.
2. Cultivation of microalgae: new cultivation and harvesting processes of optimized microalgae will be developed in order to obtain a final biomass whose composition is the most suitable
3. Extractions: new extraction processes will be developed, sustainable and economical to obtain the extracts of aromatic plants.
4. Biostimulant preparation: development of enzymatic biocatalysis processes.
5. Formulation of the biostimulant with phytosanitary capacity: an innovative mixture of microalgae, macroalgae and extracts of aromatic plants.
MOONSHINE - EUROSTARS
MicrOalgae & circular ecONomy: from Sludge to fisHfeed, chemIcals and cleaN watEr
The project aims to create a microalgae-based modular, scalable, and self-controlled plant capable of treating manure sludge with low operational and installation costs. The automatic and continuous harvesting of algae will be designed to optimize the water depuration and biomass production for the aquaculture and chemical market.
This project will favor circular economy in the livestock supply chain, triggering self-sustainability and eco-compatibility, transforming a waste to resource.
To achieve the objectives common to all partners of the Eurostars international global project, NEOALGAE will develop a wastewater and sludge treatment system for the livestock industry using microalgae to obtain new compounds, formulations or products that can be marketed in different markets (such as biofertilizers, cosmetics, etc).
The Eurostars program is a joint program between EUREKA and the European Commission and the first European funding and support program that is specifically dedicated to SMEs doing research.
This project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 joint program with co-financing from the spanish agencyt CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology) and the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Program.
PRODUCTION OF HEALTHY MICROALGAE BIOCOMPOUNDS WITH FOOD APPLICATIONS AlgaeForHealthyWorld - A4HW
The Algae for Healthy World (A4HW) project aims to develop the biotechnological tools needed to improve and optimize biomass production, as well as increase the concentration of high value added biocompounds for the food sector (mainly pigment-antioxidants) From different microalgae, focusing their developments on different strains of Spirulina, Nannochloropsis gaditana and Pyrocistis. The results of the project will be validated in the microalgae pilot plant with the purpose of demonstrating the uses of microalgae and their extracts of interest in the food sector. Despite the extensive use of Spirulina as food, it is paradoxical that the precise molecular tools for its improvement have not yet been developed in this microalgae, which provides the consortium with an opportunity for exceptional scientific and technological positioning.
This project is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in collaboration with the European FEDER Funds
Programa Cheque de Innovación
Neoalgae ha logrado una ayuda para la consultoría para la certificación de un proyecto de I+D según norma UNE 166001:2006 en el marco del Programa Cheque de innovación. Este proyecto está subvencionado por Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional y del IDEPA.
Development of a new generation of environmentally friendly, microalgae oil-based functional fluids modified with graphene family nanomaterials (GFNs)
The ENVALGRA project, which is co-financed by the Government of the Principality of Asturias through the IDEPA, and by the European Union through the FEDER, is framed within the international M -ERA.NET network call. It is formed by a consortium of 4 companies, coordinated by NEOALGAE and in which 3 countries are represented. On the part of Spain, NEOALGAE and SVMAC participate, on the part of Turkey NANOGRAFEN, and on the part of Luxembourg Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Extracted oil from microalgae has taken great attention for industrial-scale production of carbon-neutral biodiesel and brought new insight in renewable energy and sustainability. ENVALGRA aims at the developing of innovative, environmentally friendly microalgae oil-based functional fluids modified with graphene nanosheets (GNS). Different research studies have proven that critical tribological performance influencing properties are higher in chemically modified microalgae oil as compared to vegetable oil. The addition of graphene as an additive in oil formulation will provide impressive lubrication and mechanical properties resulting in excellent wear resistance under a wide range of test conditions. Furthermore, in order to reduce environmental risks and accelerate its future commercialization, graphene will be synthesized from alternative sources such as pyrolyzed waste tire.
The main innovation of ENVALGRA project is that it will entail developing functional fluids with enhanced tribological properties compared to existing ones based on water or vegetable or mineral oil, more sustainable and environmentally friendly and with lower risk of occupational exposure.
LANDFILL4HEALTH - Investigación para el aprovechamiento de un complejo de tratamiento de residuos para la producción de microalgas
El OBJETIVO GLOBAL del proyecto Landfill4Health es investigar y demostrar el aprovechamiento de un vertedero de residuos no peligrosos y sus instalaciones complementarias (complejo de tratamiento de residuos de COGERSA) para albergar un cultivo industrial de microalgas destinado a producir principios activos de alto valor en el campo de nutracéutica, salud y cosmética; esto lo convierte en un proyecto disruptor y único en el mundo.
En resumen, el proyecto pretende buscar nuevas oportunidades de negocio conectando la bioeconomía con la gestión de residuos, y constituye un ejemplo de economía circular al tratar de aprovechar el CO2 de las emisiones del complejo que se generaran en el tratamiento de residuos (biogás de vertedero, incineración, biogás de digestión anaerobia), los nutrientes disponibles en los efluentes depurados, e incluso la biomasa residual que se producirá tras la extracción de los principios activos de las microalgas cultivadas.
Landfill4Health se sustenta sobre el aprendizaje logrado con el proyecto ReCO2very y se convierte en un proyecto pionero de “acuicultura 2.0” que se alinea con el paquete de medidas de la UE sobre clima y energía que tratan de reducir las emisiones de efecto invernadero [], con la estrategia europea de bioeconomía que aborda la producción de recursos biológicos renovables y su conversión en productos vitales y bioenergía [] , y con el paquete de economía circular de la UE que se preocupa porque se utilicen los recursos de modo más sostenible [].
Landfill4Health está cofinanciado, tanto por el Gobierno del Principado de Asturias a través del IDEPA, como por la Unión Europea a través del FEDER. Cuenta con un presupuesto aprobado por el IDEPA de 295.687,04 € y una subvención de 197.548,15 €. Enlace a la resolución del IDEPA.
PROGRAMA PINT 2018
SEGUIMIENTO Y CONSOLIDACIÓN EN MERCADOS OBJETIVO Y POTENCIACIÓN DE LA PRESENCIA INTERNACIONAL A TRAVÉS DE E-MARKET PLACES
El Programa PINT es una modalidad de subvencion dirigida a Proyectos individuales de promoción internacional, gracias a la cual el IDEPA (Instituto de Desarrollo Económico del Principado de Asturias) apoya la promoción internacional y la diversificación de los mercados de las empresas del Principado de Asturias.
Gracias a este programa, NEOALGAE durante la anualidad 2018 podrá llevar a cabo su estrategia para incrementar y consolidarse en el mercado así como potenciar su presencia internacional.
NEOALGAE inició su presencia online a nivel nacional a través del Marketplace de amazon en el segundo semestre de 2017. Durante dicho año se ha posicionado a nivel nacional creando y posicionando 13 productos en Amazon.es, creando las marcas Neoalgae y Alskin, así como su tienda en el market place.
Dado este éxito en su presencia online a nivel nacional,el plan de internacionalización de 2018 incluye tres actuaciones estratégicas principales para potenciar la implantación internacional de la empresa a través del canal online:
Definición de la estrategia online
Trabajo de posicionamiento en e-market place
Campañas de publicidad
Este proeycto está cofinanciado, tanto por el Gobierno del Principado de Asturias a través del IDEPA, como por la Unión Europea a través del FEDER.
EXPORT FOOD SUDOE
Support for the creation of transnational export consortiums in the agri-food sector in the SUDOE
The main objective of the Export Food Sudoe internationalization program is the creation of export consortia, or cooperation, between Spanish, French and Portuguese companies, which will carry out joint actions to promote their complementary products at an international level. Collaborations can take multiple forms, depending on the characteristics of the companies involved, their needs and interests. Thus, some examples would be the exchange of information, experiences and good practices, joint participation in fairs and meetings with buyers, creation of business synergies, exchange of contacts and contact networks, sponsorship of joint ventures, offers ...
In this way, the program will achieve its ultimate objective of improving the competitiveness of agri-food SMEs and promoting their internationalization in the SUDOE space, through the execution of transnational cooperation projects between companies.
This program is part of the Interreg Sudoe Program (SOE1 / P2 / E0054), which supports regional development in south-western Europe by financing transnational projects through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The eligible regions of the SUDOE program are:
- Spain (except Canary Islands)
- Portugal (except Azores and Madeira)
- Gibraltar (United Kingdom)
- France: six regions of the southwest (Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, Limousin, Auvergne and Languedoc-Roussillon).
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Value Omega 3 and Astaxanthin products from SeaAlgae
Omega-3 is an essential oil required by the body for proper functioning. It protects from cardiovascular diseases and improves the development and functioning of the skin as well nervous and visual system. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment and is one of the most effective antioxidants to support human health.
The global demand for Omega-3 and Astaxanthin for human consumption will require large quantities of both products.However,their traditional extraction process from marine organisms (mainly fish and krill) is not sustainable: over fishing, high energy,raw materials consumption and a low efficiency. The majority of the marine resources are fully exploited or overexploited.
The SME Neoalgae has designed an eco-innovative and sustainable industrial bioprocess for obtaining Omega-3 and Astaxanthin using marine microalgae as a natural source. This system is the answer to the growing demand in Omega-3 and Astaxanthin, especially in nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. With the new process, production of Omega-3 and Astaxanthin will not affect marine resources. Both products will be free of pollutants, without fishy aftertaste and odour free, apt for vegans, and with competitive and stable production costs.
After the feasibility of the new products has been proved at a technical and market level, this project will scale-up the production of both compounds and will demonstrate their effectiveness through their inclusion in nutraceuticals and in new ecological products for the treatment and care of skin disorders such as acne, atopic skin and aging. This part is the responsibility of the SME Bicosome.
This project has been funded by the European Union within the program "Horizon 2020 dedicated SME Instrument 2016-2017"
DIMASKIN - EUROSTARS
Development, combination, formulation and encapsulation of bioactives from microalgae for skin care
The project aims to produce DHA/EPA, Arachidonic acid and Astaxanthin from microalgae to develop a super-premium cosmetic ingredient based on their combination. The bioingredients will be mainly commercialized in the nutra-cosmetic markets, and the super premium skin formulation with an innovative delivery system will be focused on pharma-cosmetic, directed to specific skin disorders (e.g. acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, drying and flaking skin).
The formulation of DHA/EPA, Arachidonic acid and Astaxanthin will lead to synergistic effects with a wide range of health benefits (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory). The use of specific lipid nanotechnology for their encapsulation and delivery to target skin layers will provide an unique product system for the cosmetic market. Thus, the present project will boost the development and market release giving impulse and internalization of the commercial activity
of all the partners.
This project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 joint program with co-financing from the CDTI and the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Program from the European Union.
Invasive aquatic species (IAS) are increasing due to the synergistic effects of climate change and habitat destruction. The impacts of IAS on Biological Diversity, human health, and loss of ecosystem services are well known, but their control and management has become a priority worldwide. Successful management of EAI is a challenge because it requires several successive steps: early detection, identification of pathways of introduction and dispersal routes, and the development of efficient control measures.
The main objective of the research AQUAINVAD-ED is to develop innovative methods for early detection, control and management of EAI. This will be achieved through a multidisciplinary network of experts on invasive biology, aquatic biotechnology, environmental science and public policy, from 3 different countries. The team consists of personnel from 3 universities, one technical institute, 2 Government agencies, non-governmental organization and one five SMEs.
AQUAINVAD-ED catalyze research and commercial activity in the detection and management of IAS and the application of codes of good practice for European industry and government agencies.
“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant agreement No. 642197”
APPLICATION OF ASTAXANTHIN FROM MICROALGAE IN MACULAR DEGENERATION
Astaxanthin (soluble carotenoid lipid found in the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis) is an antioxidant stronger than beta-carotene and 500 times stronger than vitamin E.
Astaxanthin neutralizes free radicals fighting age-related diseases, such as macular degeneration (AMD), by preventing the proliferation of these unstable molecules.
The MIDMAE project will study the properties of astaxanthin produced in Asturias based on its antioxidant properties for use in eye problems, which is aligned with the scientific priority area of expertise Biomedicine demographic aging and quality of life.
The LEDALGAE project aims to develop an innovative and sustainable process (in which non-toxic substances are used and extraction methods will be tested respectful with the environment and in food allowed) for industrialized production of astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis.
To do so, based on the photobioreactor Danube (ID 20131141 and WO 2013132117 A1), to which a system will incorporate luminescent includes molecular systems energy cascade and to perform the cultivation process for both phases (green design and red) on a single computer, thereby increasing productivity and optimize culture conditions. Later to make the extraction process using Supercritical Fluids (FSC) as it is the system effectiveness and sustainability today, obtaining a final product high quality and suitable for use in industries such as nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical.
This project strikes a tremendously innovative sector, which is undergoing a dramatic global growth, which in Spain do not have any company operating in the production phase of astaxanthin.
This project has been funded by the CDTI, with the support of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
European waste treatment industries must face the transition to a "green economy", where raw waste energy recovery versus disposal in landfills and the minimization of the impact of their activities.
In this new context, the ReCO2very project comes as an R + D + i strategy whose purpose is the development, integration and validation of new technologies that lay the foundation for future development of the Green incineration.
The ReCO2very project proposes the use of CO2 emissions from an incineration and polluted water for growing microalgae suitable for further use as feedstock for the production of biofuels and / or production of biogas through anaerobic digestion, as main utilization pathways. Presents the challenge of integrating a system of real-incineration with microalgae culture system through a system of separation and concentration of CO2 from combustion gases. In addition, the culture system receive waste effluents from sewage treatment facilities (leachate, permeate, drained) as the food source of microalgae.
The shellfish production centers in the EU are prone to closures due to the accumulation of biotoxins. Other impacts exerted on farmed fish when they are fed from contaminated seafood .
The objective of this proposal is to isolate large amounts of biotoxins using improved biorefinery for the production of reference materials to allow research on the effects of biotoxins in aquaculture methods. Another part of the work will focus on improving the production of microalgae as fish food.
This project is based on producing enriched in high-value fatty acids, especially Omega 3, from autotrophic cultures of microalgae under controlled conditions in order that the final product is ready developed at all levels, for use both food and nutraceutical. The decision to opt for this type of source and cultivation is done based on the experience of the company in this field adding to the high content of these fatty acids that certain microalgae have. In addition, microalgae are the original source of this fatty acids.
The product obtained in the PHYTOIL project will address the food and nutraceutical sector. More specifically, the resulting product will go to all new functional food, ie, using a small amount of oil may be used one of the Claims Health approved by the European Union for products with Omega 3.
EBT PROJECT PHASE 2 - Promotion and marketing of algal extract rich in high value oil (Omega 3) and intended for animal feed
In the framework of this project Neoalgae aims to highlight and bring to market the results of the R + D + i project developed by the company through which a new process for obtaining a product rich in Omega 3 was achieved from cultivation of microalgae. It can be used for the formulation of nutritional supplements for the manufacture of animal feed, improve the animal's health and quality of food produced (meat, milk , eggs, etc ...).
As a result of the project, Neoalgae has achieved a final product with a concentration in OMEGA 3 five times higher than in the fish oil.
As part of this project Neoalgae have also developed this new website, and the whole design of new corporate image of the company.
DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW SYSTEM FOR DRYING MICROALGAE BY SPRAY
The main objective of this project focuses on the development of a new system for drying microalgae by spray, to obtain a final product (lyophilized microalgae) from the fresh paste without intermediate processes. To achieve this overall objective will be necessary to achieve individual goals as:
• Getting a conceptual definition of the new system to be developed.
• Perform thermal and hydraulic sizing system based on the design criteria and usefulness of the final product.
• Develop detailed engineering of the product in order to establish the sequence of subsequent manufacture (drawings, materials, etc.).
• Carry out the manufacture and integration of components.
• Validate system performance in real environments.
The aim of INOALgASTUR project is the development and commercialization of a novel and affordable photobioreactor, called Alglow, suitable for the cultivation of microalgae Spirulina, and with suitable dimensions to be incorporated in professional kitchens (catering sector) by design and operating flexibility for the "in situ" production of fresh paste to prepare dishes and healthy drinks.
This new culture system design consists of a small, autonomous, smart and sustainable photobioreactor, which has artificial light LED low consumption type. Inside crops Spirulina microalgae species, so that fresh paste can be used, either developed directly in salads, fresh vegetables, energy shakes, or by cooking and preparing more elaborate dishes by own staff kitchen.
The new prototype is small to optimize the use of space within the kitchen, easy to use in order to achieve a clean, simple and direct use process, controlling the amount of fresh paste according to pull the requested demand. Low power LEDs are incorporated to allow greater availability of biomass possible without compromising the sustainability of the system.
Thus, with the INOALgASTUR project, technological innovations were incorporated to the traditional system of cultivation of microalgae Spirulina. The result will be a new system of cultivation, low cost and easy operation adapted to the catering industry, with optimized design for maximum performance possible in the smallest space. That is, the prototype will be a functional and sustainable small team and direct installation anywhere restoration for quick and direct use of microalgae in obtaining fresh pasta to use in kitchens by qualified personnel.
Value Omega 3 products from sea algae (VOPSA)
It is a help SMEs Horizon 2020 State Business Leadership Program under the National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016 convened by the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation, with the aim of presenting the project VOPSA phase II SME Instrument (HORIZON 2020).
This project has as its main objective the extraction of omega-3 with a purity greater than 90% from algae (instead of fish) on an industrial scale and as a biomass product rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins that can be used as raw material for cosmetics. In the project targets customers and users (food industry, pharmaceutical and cosmetic) of a product that is destined to have a major impact globally and would be exploited by NEOALGAE. This is a very competitive product from an economic point of view with a major impact on the global market due to the high demand for omega-3 by society.
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