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First results of the research of BIOPOL project in the production of biopolymers from by-products of the dairy industry

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Primeros resultados de las investigaciones del proyecto BIOPOL en producción de biopolímeros a partir de subproductos de industria láctea

ENSO collaborates with four other companies, INDUTEC Ingenieros, Dairylac, CARINSA and SOELEC, to obtain biopolymers from by-products of the dairy industry and application in sectors of interest.

 

 

ENSO INNOVATION continues with participation in the project called “BIOPOL: Obtaining biopolymers from by-products of the dairy industry and application in sectors of interest “.

Project’s main objective is the research, development and validation of a new process for obtaining biopolymers, based on the use of by-products and waste flows generated in the dairy industry. In order to determine the viability of the biopolymers obtained, they are being used to develop controlled release encapsulations and adsorbents for environmental remediation. In order to achieve this ambitious objective, ENSO has partnered with four other companies, INDUTEC Ingenieros, Dairylac, CARINSA and SOELEC.

ENSO has been in charge of developing the production methods of these biopolymers, so during the last months it has been operating a biopolymer production biological system at laboratory scale, formed by three bioreactors; acidification, enrichment and accumulation. ENSO has used the experience and knowledge acquired during the operation of these reactors to optimize the characteristics of the BIOPOL biopolymers and to carry out the design of a pilot plant for their production.

Primeros resultados de las investigaciones del proyecto BIOPOL en producción de biopolímeros a partir de subproductos de industria láctea

One of the bioreactors operated by ENSO.

 

As for the final applications, the use of the biopolymer as a heavy metal adsorbent has been evaluated, both unmodified and in combination with other polymers. In addition, initial trials of encapsulation of essential oils with the commercial biopolymer have also been carried out.

 

 

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Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the ERDF Operational Programme Galicia 2014-2020, Thematic Objective 1: “Promoting technological development, innovation and quality research.

This project is subsidized by the Axencia Galega de Innovación within the framework of the 2018 call of the Programa CONECTA PYME. It has been supported by the Ministry of Consellería de Economía, Empleo e Industria (Xunta de Galicia) and is co-financiated from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the framework of the ERDF Operational Programme Galicia 2014-2020, Thematic Objective 1: “Promoting technological development, innovation and quality research”.