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SYLFEED: From forest to feed: enable the wood industry to bridge the protein gap.

Duration: From 2017-09-01 to 2020-08-31,

Total cost: EUR 14 976 590

EU contribution: EUR 10 892 598,89

Objective: For decades, Europe has been facing a huge protein deficit (more than 70% is imported). Today, the objective is to initiate ways to sustainably produce proteins in Europe, by creating new cross-sectorial businesses. Partners within the consortium have been developing a bio-refinery concept allowing transformation of woody biomass into high-value Single Cell Protein (SCP) to be used as animal feed. The SYLFEED project consists in upscaling the bio-refinery process to a demonstration plant with a capacity to process up to 10t/day of lignocellulose into SCP for use in aquaculture. SYLFEED will demonstrate the synergies between forestry industry and protein fish feed market, creating new high value opportunities for the former and an alternative, sustainable, protein source for the latter. Wood residues are abundant and highly sustainable and SCP present an amino-acid profile close to that of the fishes, making them an excellent raw material in fish feed formulation (there is room for more than 50 lignocellulose bio-refineries in Europe, leading to the production of at least 1.4 Mt of proteins and a significant reduction of the protein gap).SYLFEED spans across the full value chain: from biomass stakeholder to fish feed sellers (future buyers of SYLFEED proteins), including biomass-to-SCP technology developer/ experts.SYLFEEDs ambition is threefold:- To respond to strategic needs of protein production in Europe to increase self-sufficiency.- To improve the local economy (forest industry), save jobs in important industrial sectors and create new ones in the bio-economy.- To produce proteins for fish feed in a way that addresses local and global environmental issues (oceans over-exploitation and negative effects of plants culture soybean, corn...).To do so, the grand challenge of the SYLFEED demonstration project is to upscale from pilot scale and validate the bio-refinery process that converts lignocellulose into SCP suitable to formulate fish feed.


NORSKE SKOG GOLBEYFranceEU contribution: EUR 102 550


88190 GOLBEY


Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments) PRAYON S.ABelgiumEU contribution: EUR 357 434


4480 Engis


Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments) RISE PROCESSUM ABSwedenEU contribution: EUR 504 475




Activity type: Other MATIS OHFIcelandEU

Project completion date : 2020-08-31 12:00:00

Major organization : BIOMETHODES S.A.

Address : 1 RUE PIERRE


Country :France

Financier : EUROPEAN UNION (EU),

Financier address : European Union (EU)

Rue de la Loi 200/Wetstraat 200,

B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussels,


Tel: 32-2-2999696, 2993085

Fax: 32-2-2961749


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Publication:Mena Report
Date:May 16, 2017
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