Phenolexa to upgrade agricultural waste streams into high value products

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In Europe’s agricultural sector – the largest producer of residual biomass – around half of this is currently wasted. PHENOLEXA, a 3-year project funded by the Circular Bio-based Europe (formerly Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking) under the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, aims to develop a benign, efficient, and environmentally friendly biorefinery process to address the challenge to fully exploit agricultural waste streams for high-value bioactive compounds.

It will use a novel biological and physical feedstock pre-treatment followed by benign extraction, maximizing efficiency, and preserving the desired qualities of the polyphenols. Different final product prototypes will be realized to employ these natural bioactive compounds in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products.

If you are curious about how PHENOLEXA will find innovative ways to use underexplored feedstocks to their maximum potential and value, have a look at this video or download the leaflet.