Novel biorefinery supply chains for wastewater valorization and production of high market value bio products using microalgae

Cosmeceutical products

Skin cream


Food coloring agents

aquaculture farms

Aquafeed for fish/arthropods


Holistic Biorefinery Platform

BlueBioChain will develop (TRL2) and apply (TRL5) a holistic biorefinery platform bridging the gap along the blue bioeconomy value chain, from biomass to products and markets and consumers.

The project will last 24 months and will provide an intelligent wastewater valorization system using microalgae for the pilot production of 3 categories of high market value products, namely (i) cosmeceuticals (skin cream), (ii) food additives (food coloring agents for novel, convenient meat, and dairy analogues) and (iii) zero-waste aquaculture farms (aquafeed for fish/arthropods feed); thus, addressing three major global challenges of the future; sustainable waste management, tackling water scarcity and lack of food for the growing global population. 

Duration (months)
Work Plan

BlueBioChain is 24 months project and is comprised by 7 work packages (WP). The WPs feed into each other, as well as deliver independent research results at the highest level


Project management
(i) Consortium management activities; (ii) Coordination of the bodies; (iii) Ensure the project management procedures are implemented; (iv) Coordination with and reporting to the BlueBio Cofund


Microalgae cultivation in wastewater
(i) Valorize wastewater by optimal cultivation of valuable microalgae; (ii) Identify most efficient algal strains; (iii) Optimise working conditions of photobioreactors; (iv) Develop operational guidelines; (v) Overcome limitations for process up-scaling


Production of high-added value products
(i) Formulation and development of cosmeceutical products; (ii) Exploitation of astaxanthin and carotene as food additives; (iii) Development of a zero-waste aquaculture farm; (iv) Monitor resource efficiency impact and further develop market analysis, projection scenarios, and value chains.


Model based process optimization
(i) Develop a robust mathematical model that accurately represents the growth of microalgae; (ii) Develop advanced model-based optimization strategies that can maximize the biomass yield.


Food safety/security
(i) Perform a microbial prevalent assessment in microalgae; (ii) Perform a thorough molecular analysis based on high throughput sequencing; (iii) Assess the concentration of chemical hazards in treated wastewater and microalgal products; (iv) Assess the quality of food/feed in relation to their shelf life


Sustainability and Traceability analyses
(i) Explore sustainability and environmental impact; (ii) Identify & analyse existing perceptions and acceptance levels; (iii) Design and develop the BlueBioChain e-marketplace; (iv) Provide information related to alternative products; (v) Mapping the environmental impact of the whole supply chain.


(ι) Raise awareness; (ii) Inform & engage individual stakeholders, organizations, industries etc.; (iii) Ensure the exploitation and sustainability of BlueBioChain results beyond the end of the project; (iv) Facilitate & ensure commercial exploitation of the foreground knowledge generated during BlueBioChain; (v) Implement efficient strategies and instruments for wide communication, education, and dissemination of BlueBioChain outputs

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The project “Novel biorefinery supply chains for wastewater valorization and production of high market value bio products using microalgae (BlueBioChain)” Project ID 31, is part of the BlueBio ERA-NET Cofund under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 817992) (Project ID 31 BlueBioChain).

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