TKI Polar

Projecttitel: TKI Microalgal Polar Lipids
Projectnummer: BBE-1603
Looptijd: 2013 – 2014
Budget publiek: € 64.000
Budget privaat: € 64.000
Projectleider: Maria Barbosa
Betrokken partijen: Unilever, Wageningen University & Research

In the coming decades the global population will increase to 9 billion people, with a concomitant rise in food consumption per capita and an increase in energy and chemicals requirements.

Microalgae are photosynthetic microorganisms with higher productivities than agricultural crops, do not require agriculture land and have the capacity of using CO2 and a variety of different water sources including fresh, brackish, saline. Microalgae can produce a wide range of products for the chemical, energy and food industry. Several biomass components are of interest for food products such as carotenoids, proteins, triacylglycerides and w-3 fatty acids. Microalgae contain more ingredients which can be valuable food ingredients

Polar lipids like phospholipids and galactolipids are important membrane components in microalgae and plants and are important as ingredient in food as emulsifier and have in some cases health beneficial effects. Innovative, natural, and sustainable raw material supply-chains for food ingredients from microalgae wilt contribute to sustainable solutions to food scarcity and the security of supply associated with food ingredients. Objective of the proposal is to produce polar lipids with microalgae and to test the functional properties of these polar lipids for applications in food products.

TKI Polar will establish the proof of principle on the production, study the metabolism and demonstrate the use of polar lipids from photoautotrophic microalgae in food products.

The specific goals of this project are:

  • proof of principle effectives of microalgal polar lipids in food products
  • estimate production costs at commercial scale