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Pilot project successfully recovers seaweed proteins

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Alehoop, a European biorefinery project, has successfully demonstrated the recovery of proteins from macroalgae at pilot scale.

A group of researchers.
The Alehoop project aims to produce sustainably sourced proteins

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Alehoop, a European project which aims to use biorefineries to produce a sustainable source of protein, has successfully demonstrated the recovery of proteins from seaweeds and plant residual biomass at the pilot scale.

The proof-of-concept for the project marks a significant step for the alternative protein industry, with the products of the biorefinery project showing potential for use in the food industry, as well as for animal feeds.

Following the success of the protein recovery stage, the project researchers are now conducting extensive tests to ensure the safety of the recovered proteins for consumption.

“This achievement represents a big step towards providing sustainable, low-cost dietary proteins that can help reduce the EU’s dependency on imported proteins while also increasing food security, contributing to the circular bioeconomy, and helping mitigate the effects of climate change,” said Nuria Valdés Mediavilla, project manager at Contactica Innovation, a consulting firm working with the project, in a press release.

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