Since 1 November 2015, HiProMine S.A. has been implementing the project: InnSecta: innovative technology of feedstuffs production based on insect biomass.
The project is co-funded from European Funds by the National Centre for Research and Development within the framework of Measure 1.1 “R&D projects of enterprises”, Sub-measure 1.1.1 “Industrial research and development work implemented by enterprises” of the Operational Programme ‘Innovative economy’.
Goal of the project: The goals of the project are to develop innovative technologies for the production of insects as feed for fish and companion animals, and to obtain ready-made products including feed materials and compound feeds. The core of the research works will be the application of new protein sources in the form of biomass of insects bred according to proprietary methods developed by the applicant.
Planned effects: Bred and processed insects will be a source of high-quality protein and fat suitable for applications in the feeding of fish and companion animals. The goals of the project will be achieved by employing the direct outcomes of R&D activities which will include: 1) Innovative methods of sustainable insect breeding, and technologies of industrial insect processing; 2) Nutritional and environmental techniques for selected insect species in large-scale production; 3) Balanced complete and complementary feeds for insects, based on biological utilization of waste; 4) New feed materials and complete feeds containing these materials for application in aquaculture; 5) Hypoallergenic, functional complementary feeds and protein-rich foods for companion animals.
Value of the project: PLN 3,843,244.00 Contribution from European Funds: PLN 2,531,989.00
HiProMine S.A. has implemented (starting May 2017) the project: Development of BIOINSEC technology in HiProMine S.A. company.
The project is funded from European Funds within the framework of the Wielkopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2014–2020 Priority axis 1: “Innovative and competitive economy”. Measure 1.2. “Strengthening the innovative potential of Wielkopolska’s enterprises”.
Goal of the project: The goal of the project is to develop, in the laboratory setting, a prototypical 3-module bioreactor unit for the processing of by-products and waste generated by the agrifood industry into highly absorbable protein and fat, and a fertilizer. Special insect varieties are to be used as the medium transforming waste into target products.
The implementation of the project will deliver a technology for the production of new protein sources with applications as a component of protein feeds. The marketing of the BIOINSEC technology will produce long-term positive environmental effects due to reduced material consumption and energy intensity of the production process, decreased emissions of pollutants, and increased reuse of materials or waste. The technology is consistent with the 4R system (recycle- reduce-repair-reuse). The use of insects enables efficient and fast conversion of low-quality raw materials and waste to high-quality biomass, which represents a process of effective biorecycling of waste.
Employment increase in supported enterprises, 2.5, 2018;
Number of researchers working in improved research infrastructure facilities, 2.5, 2018;
Number of new researchers in supported entities, 2.5, 2018;
Number of R&D projects implemented using supported research infrastructure, 1, 2018;
Number of enterprises using supported research infrastructure, 1, 2018;
The implementation of the project will yield a number of results which have been quantified in the indicators listed in the tables below:
Purchase of research equipment;
Development of the world’s first bioreactor based on THS, FLF and IMEH technologies;
Increase in private expenditures on R&D to at least PLN 2,650,600;
Increase in the employment level of the enterprise by 9 additional research jobs; after the completion of the project the increase in the level of employment by 2.5 jobs will be maintained [EPC]. The employees will include zootechnicians, a laboratory analyst, an automation technician, a big data analyst, a constructor, and managers responsible for research into the IMEH, THS and FLF technologies.
In addition to the outcomes expressed as indicators, the project will deliver the following results:
Implementation of product innovation in the enterprise;
Implementation of process innovation in the enterprise;
Implementation of non-technological innovation in the enterprise;
The project will have a positive impact on the equal opportunities policy, sustainable development policy, gender equality policy, information society policy, as well as innovation policy and international cooperation;
Strengthening of international cooperation and exchange of technological ideas and know-how;
Promotion of eco-innovative biotechnology which, by offering a possibility of substitution of feed for farmed animals (including fish), will contribute to a reduction in fishing activity and protection of overexploited fisheries; Promotion of the region through the implementation of globally innovative technologies with a worldwide significance;
Reduction of organic waste streams undergoing processes other than reuse – a global environmental benefit.
Value of the project: PLN 8,309,068.00 Contribution from European Funds: PLN 5,658,480.00
Since 1 March 2017, HiProMine S.A. has been implementing the project: Insects as novel protein sources for fish and poultry. The project is co-funded from European Funds by the Foundation for Polish Science within the framework of Measure 4.4 “Increasing the human potential of the R&D sector”, TEAM-TECH Programme.
Goal of the project: The main goals of the project are to investigate the impact of bioactive insect proteins on the growth of broiler chickens and salmonid fish, and to study the digestibility of nutrients, the amino acid composition of proteins, the energy potential, and changes in the composition and activity of the microbiome of the animals’ digestive system. Another objective is to determine the effect of insect protein used for dietary supplementation in slaughter chickens and salmonid fish on the prevalence of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract using modern techniques of molecular biology.
Planned effects: The project will provide a greater understanding of the potential applications of insect protein in poultry feeding and aquaculture. The study results will be used in legislative procedures and in the marketing of feed products.
Value of the project: PLN 3,418,500.00 Contribution from European Funds: PLN 2,853,600.00
Since 1 February 2017, HiProMine S.A. has been implementing the project: Valorisation of agrifood residuals with insect technologies (EntoWaste). The project is co-funded from European Funds by the National Centre for Research and Development within the framework of the 2 nd ERA-Net-LAC: Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Joint Call.
Goal of the project: The main goal of the project is the development of a modular biorefinery technology based on the use of insects, aimed at efficient utilization of biowaste generated by agrifood enterprises. The project will involve the elaboration of methods for the processing of waste as feed for insects, technologies for insect breeding and rearing, and insect processing for the food and feed industries.
Planned effects: The project will deliver alternative low-cost solutions improving the level of food and feed safety through the production of high-quality protein based on the utilization of low-value by-products and waste arising in food production and supply chain. The technologies will be optimized for implementation in European and Latin American countries, taking into account the specificity of local waste management systems, distribution of food, and the type of available waste to be used as raw materials.
Value of the project: PLN 454,616.70
Contribution from European Funds: PLN 341,432.00
More information about the programme is available at www.ncbr.gov.pl