PUFAChain – Algae To Omega3 Project Launched

PUFAChain is an EU project launched recently aiming to develop a robust scientific and technological basis for substantiating strategic and technical decisions for the industrial development of high-value PUFA (DHA/EPA) from algae. A consortium with 6 companies and 3 research institutes will integrate state of the art science and technologies in order to assemble a complete process from feedstock production and harvesting to oil extraction and purification.

The main targeted application of the project is the use of high purified omega 3 fatty acids (DHA/EPA) as building blocks in modern oleo chemistry to gain high value products for nutrition and pharmaceutical applications.

For that, PUFAChain is to realize a concrete exemplary value chain, develop the technical interfaces between the different value adding stages and investigate the still open research aspects on every single stage while addressing the needs of the value chain as a whole. These processes will be evaluated for their sustainability and scaled-up from lab to demonstrative prototype level.

Finally, an integrated processing, combining all technical steps, will be implemented for demonstration. A comprehensive and holistic sustainability approach will complement the scientific and commercial advances on each value-adding stage. The work will contribute to develop high purified omega 3 fatty acids (DHA/EPA) for the market.

Companies involved in PUFAChain:

  • The University of Goettingen
  • A4F Algafuel
  • MAHLE InnoWa GmbH
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
  • Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • EurA Consult

Source: PUFAChain