Projecttitel: AlgaeCycle
Projectnummer: BBE-1609
Looptijd: 2017 – 2018
Budget publiek: € 60.000
Budget privaat: € 60.000
Projectleider: Maria Barbosa
Betrokken partijen: Danone, Wageningen University & Research

In 2016 Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition started the construction of a new state-of-the-art factory for powdered infant formulae products located in Haps (Noord Brabant, NLD). The name of the project is Estia. As part of the project, a public contest was started in July 2016, in which participants could propose out-of-the-box ideas to make the new factory more environmentally sustainable. The winning idea was “The algae cycle”. It aims at utilizing waste streams from the new factory (warm water and CO2) to cultivate microalgae in an algae farm next to the factory. The algae biomass can be processed into high-grade food ingredients and/or other resources that are used as much as possible in the factory, thereby creating a circular economy.

The specific objectives of AlgaeCycle are:

  • Efficient use of waste streams
  • Significant reduction of CO2 emission
  • Production of high quality ingredients and materials