Contributing to a reduction of the EU’s dependency on imported proteins and the increase of raw material security


ALEHOOP project

Provides the demonstration at pilot scale of both sustainable macroalgae (commonly known as seaweed) and legume-based biorefineries for the recovery of LOW-COST DIETARY PROTEINS from alga-based and plant residual biomass and their validation to meet market requirements of consumers and industry. This will convert the biomass into alternative forms of proteins for a variety of uses, ranging from animal feed, food additives and high-end applications in nutritional awareness and health management
The current sources of these proteins are soy, cereals or potatoes (mainly imported into Europe and environmentally unsustainable). The scarcity of this kind of resources in Europe, whose availability does not meet the demands of the region, forces the search for new sources of protein, which have not been exploited until now.
In this project, the main objectives are:
(1) taking advantage of the remains from botanical origin materials processing (legumes) and residual macroalgae as feedstock, which can provide demanded proteins in an eco-friendlier way.
(2) optimising the processing of algal biomass in biorefinery, in order to increase the protein harvest with respect to other processes at laboratory scale, with specific involvement in terms of quality and quantity.

Final applications of
Alehoop proteins



Human food:


The ALEHOOP proteins can target a broad audience as no diet changes are required. However, 6 specific food products with specific target audiences have been selected to validate ALEHOOP proteins as presented below

healthy
Healthy snack bar
smoothfood
Smoothfood
meat
Meat analogues and veggie products
sports
Sports drinks
meal
Meal replacement shakes
fruit
Fruit preparations

Animal Feed:


In ALEHOOP we offer new protein sources for fodder formulations thanks to the use of protein extracted from macroalgae blooms.

aquaculture
Chicken feed
pig
Pig fodder
chicken
Aquafeed
16

PARTNERS

6

COUNTRIES

48

MONTHS

5140274

FUNDING

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