Since 1 January 2020, HiProMine S.A. has been implementing the project: InnHatch – innovative technology for the industrial breeding of insects. 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: Development of an automated prototype insect hatchery and the development / implementation of standards / procedures optimising its functioning on an industrial scale.
Value of the project: PLN 14 232 615,66
Contribution from European Funds: PLN 9 645 768,22
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SUSINCHAIN is a project funded with a grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The new European research project SUSINCHAIN will start on October 1st 2019. The project aims to contribute to novel protein provision for feed and food in Europe.
SUSINCHAIN addresses topic LC-SFS-17-2019 ‘Alternative proteins for food and feed’ in the call ‘Sustainable Food Security (SFS)’, which is part of the Work Programme ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bio-economy’. SUSINCHAIN aims to contribute to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. SUSINCHAIN identifies andassesses protein derived from four different insect species (Black Soldier Fly, Housefly, Mealworm and Crickets) as novel or alternative protein sources for food and/or feed. Efficient production and processing technologies to convert biomass by insects into high quality, safe, healthy, and sustainable products or ingredients are tested and validated. Nutritional values, functional and sensory properties of insect products will be characterised and protein-protein interactions for knowledge-based (re)formulations of human diets that partly or fully could substitute traditional sources are evaluated. Insect products are incorporated in formulations for both regular human diets as well as animal feeds for rainbow trout, seabass, salmon, laying hens, broilers and piglets. The synergies in applications for food and feed, in particular for aspects linked to farming, logistics, processing, safety and sustainability aspects of the insect value chains, make that the multi-actor approach of SUSINCHAIN is the instrument to boost the market for insects as an alternative protein source. All SUSINCHAIN activities comprise testing, demonstrating and/or piloting in a pilot or (near to) operational environment, all with a view to paving the way for commercialisation of insect protein.
SUSINCHAIN specific objectives:
Develop business models, increase market opportunities and share best (and worst) practices among insect value chain stakeholders for overcoming supply and demand-side barriers to large-scale commercialisation of high-quality insect proteins for food and feed in Europe and for increasing consumer acceptance.
Facilitate large-scale commercial rearing of insects with continuous quality and efficiency improvement by sharing best practices; optimising feed substrates; prevention of insect diseases and; the sustainable and economically use of side streams (frass, chitin and fat).
Demonstrate and optimise the large-scale implementation of transport and processing technologies for insects at demo and industrial sites.
Validate research at a commercially-relevant scale on the inclusion of insect-derived proteins in animal diets, so to compose commercial insect-based feed that will guarantee optimal animal performance and product quality.
Pilot the integration of insects as part of daily meals of European consumers by testing and refining the nutritional value, sensory quality, and addressing consumer acceptance of six novel insect-based food products.
Develop tools that effectively control the safety of insects and insect-derived products along the entire production chain.
Develop a decision support system for insect industry to ensure that the growth of the insect supply chain in Europe remains economically and environmentally sustainable.
Develop strategies and business plans for exploitation of project results, and ensure proper communication and dissemination of project results, to raise awareness, improve consumer trust and acceptability, and develop a sustainable communication platform for the future.
The duration of the project will be 48 months and the project will be conducted in collaboration with 18 industrially and 17 academic partners with a total budget of over 8.5 million euro.
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