Project partners

AlgaeProBANOS brings together 26 expert and industry partners and affiliated entities from the Baltic and North Sea area and beyond, to accelerate product development and market access for sustainable algae solutions, in line with the objectives of Mission Ocean. Partners include start-ups, SMEs, research organisations and innovation experts. Discover the AlgaeProBANOS partners here.

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The SUBMARINER Network

The SUBMARINER Network is a unique platform that brings actors from the whole Baltic Sea Region together to actively promote innovative and sustainable uses of marine resources. It operates across the whole knowledge triangle integrating perspectives from local to international scale, different science disciplines as well as policy and economic stakeholders.

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Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

INOVA+

INOVA+ specialises in supporting the growth of organisations through innovation, international cooperation, digital transformation and access to financial support. Headquartered in the Innovation Centre of Matosinhos, Porto, Portugal, with offices in Brussels, Heidelberg, Warsaw and Lisbon. INOVA+'s international network delivers the cooperation and collaboration that is crucial for sustainable growth in the blue economy.

INOVA+ are working with the AlgaeProBANOS project to map out the digital tools, resources and services required to accelerate market uptake of the innovative algae-based products of the pilot companies.

F6S Network Limited

F6S Innovation drives technology growth with public funding programmes. They boost the growth and scaling of founders, startups, SMEs and other actors in the innovation ecosystem by managing public funded programmes.

Opportunities include equity-free funding and value-driven services such as incubation and acceleration, mentoring, piloting, corporate matchmaking, soft-landing missions, and networking with investors.

In public funded programmes, F6S Innovation often assumes the role of project coordinator, open call manager and support to third parties, and leader of communication, dissemination and exploitation.

Based on its expertise, in the AlgaeProBANOS project, F6S will lead the work package, dedicated to business development, funding opportunities and Go to market strategies. More specifically, F6S will support the setting up of algae acceleration module and mentorship facilities and will oversee the consolidation of funding opportunities for algae business cases.

ITA RWTH AACHEN

The ITA Group: International Centre for Sustainable Textiles focuses its core competence on the goal of ensuring the holistic biotransformation of textile technology and thus the use of biological principles for small-scale value-added processes. The ITA Group is an international research and training service provider for fibre-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and its manufacturing processes with about 400 employees.

Devan Chemicals NV

Eurofish International Organisation

In accordance with its mandate, which is laid down in the establishment agreement, Eurofish contributes to the development of fisheries and aquaculture in Europe. It does this by publishing marketing and industry related information in the Eurofish Magazine, and on the organisation’s website, as well as by organising conferences, workshops, seminars, and business-to-business meetings. Eurofish also implements a variety of projects in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture, markets, and trade. Eurofish has in-depth knowledge of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Europe and neighbouring countries, and an extensive network in the region. Eurofish is a non-profit organisation that uses its revenues on activities for the benefit of its 13 member countries.

The key objectives of Eurofish are to:

  • Contribute to the sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector;
  • Promote trade of high quality, value-added fishery products;
  • Facilitate the transfer of information and knowledge.

The Estonian University of Life Sciences

The Estonian University of Life Sciences was founded in 1951. The mission of the Estonian University of Life Sciences is to guarantee sustainable use of natural resources and enhance rural development.

The mission of our university is to foster sustainable use of natural resources through knowledge based education. For the support of that we have created the initiative of green university. The vision of the green university is a university with smallest possible ecological footprint, with healthy and good working and learning environment, university that takes into account the principles of sustainable development in all decision making processes and sets example in society.

The Estonian University of Life Sciences is the centre of research and development in such fields as agriculture, forestry, animal science, veterinary science, rural life and economy, food science and environmentally friendly technologies.

Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) is an international, non-profit think and 'do' tank. Together with companies, political organisations and civil society actors, the CSCP pursues its mission to mainstream sustainability towards enabling the good life for all.

The focus of the Centre is on enabling sustainable consumption and production patterns. With its collaborative approach, the CSCP accelerates change based on the special expertise of the Centre in the following areas: Lifestyles & Behaviour, Infrastructure, Products & Services, Business & Entrepreneurship and Policy. Within these areas, we work as a think and do tank, specialising in collaborating with diverse organisations around the globe and across sectors. Together we work on the vision of a good life by identifying, developing and scaling transformative solutions.

Devan Micropolis S.A

Devan Micropolis S.A is the Portuguese affiliate entity of a large industrial organization – Pulcra Chemicals. Devan Micropolis develops specialty finishes addressing functionalization of fibrous materials for the thermoregulation and cosmetotextiles market segments. The organisation driving force is centred at its R&D activity that has been co-creating innovative and sustainable solutions with the introduction of bioderived chemistries for the fiber and textiles industries. The organisation has acquired a diverse track-record experience in microencapsulation techniques as well as participating and delivering key exploitable results for European collaborative programmes since 2010.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge. KTH is deeply engaged with marine sciences in Sweden notably through the Kristineberg Innovation Centre on the West Coast and a series of national and international blue growth enabling projects and initiatives. At KTH, we are working with industry and society in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges - climate change, future energy supply, urbanisation and quality of life for the rapidly-growing elderly population - through high-impact research and education in natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, sustainability, history and philosophy. Almost two-thirds of the SEK 4 billion turnover relates to research.

Nofima

Nofima is a leading, independent Norwegian food research institute with ap. 400 employees. We provide research-based knowledge and innovations for actors in all parts of the food systems. Our three main areas of focus are aquaculture, the food industry, and fisheries, but we also have vast experience when it comes to interdisciplinary projects. Our research includes the entire food chain, from the start of food production, through harvesting, processing, and packaging, to commercialisation and marketing.

We are experts in research on safe, healthy and tasty food, and focus on the development of production methods that are able to utilise every bit of raw material. This is how we want to develop sustainable food systems in accordance with the European Green Deal. One of our main goals is to increase the competitiveness of both Norwegian and international partners.

Ghent University is an internationally renowned, open, pluralistic and socially engaged university in Belgium. It is more than 200 years old, offers more than 200 programmes (including 64 English-taught master's programmes) and conducts in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. Ghent University is located in Belgium in and around the cities of Ghent, Courtrai, Bruges and Ostend. Ghent University invests both in fundamental, high-risk science as in applied and socially oriented research. The university is known for its scientific expertise in life sciences and medicine, materials and agricultural science, veterinary medicine, psychology and history, and many more.

In AlgaeProBanos, three groups are involved from the faculties of Science and Bioscience Engineering: Research Group Phycology, RE-Source Lab, and the Lab op Applied Mycology and Phenomics, and supported by three business development centers: BLUEGent, CropFit and End-of-Waste. They will focus on improving the sustainability of macro and microalgae production and the processing of macroalgae into bio-based products.

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE)

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE) is a research institute with an expertise in functioning and health of marine and freshwater ecosystems, cooperating actively with related institutions around the Baltic Sea and beyond. Since its establishment in 1995 LIAE has been conducting both basic and applied research in oceanography, marine chemistry, aquatic biology and ecotoxicology.

LIAE is also responsible for implementation of national marine monitoring programme, the reporting of data and provision of environmental assessments. LIAE is a holder of data base of long-term marine observations and measurements. The long-term data also allow to estimate eutrophication tendencies, trends and possible scenarios of nutrient enrichment in the sea necessary for management of water bodies.

Currently LIAE is working actively on issues of maritime spatial planning, novel uses of marine resources and patterns of microplastic distribution in the aquatic environment. Investigations on algal resources and potential uses have been running since 2017 in the framework of several INTERREG projects (Smart Blue Regions, GRASS, ESMIC).

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) is a governmental environmental research institute focusing on providing reliable knowledge, information and data. Syke strives to accelerate the transitions towards a sustainable society.

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) aims to connect people and knowledge to create innovations that boost industry and society in a sustainable way.  The Biobased and Circular Technologies group at TNO has extensive experience in biomass conversion and biorefinery to produce energy and products. TNO has an advanced seaweed lab with various equipment to optimise seaweed processing, including fractionation and separation technologies. In the Algae ProBANOS project, TNO is involved in product and process development and optimisation and the development of a biorefinery tool to assist decision-making on process configurations and performance for a given feedstock or product.

The University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)

The University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) with its locations in Kiel and Lübeck is one of the largest medical care centers in Europe. It serves to warrant maximum medical care in the northernmost federal state and guarantees medical-technical care at the highest level, especially for patients who require highly differentiated diagnosis and therapy. The unique feature of university medicine is the interaction of health care, research and teaching with the result that scientific findings flow directly into the health system. The UKSH maintains the entire spectrum of medicine and multidisciplinary centers, cares for patients with rare diseases and extreme medical costs, operates university outpatient clinics and provides emergency care. The UKSH is the only maximum provider in Schleswig-Holstein. With 16,000 employees in over 85 clinics and institutes, UKSH is the largest employer and training provider in Schleswig-Holstein. Strategic personnel development, corporate health management and the certified compatibility of work and family life are integral parts of the corporate culture.

The University of Tartu (UTARTU)

The University of Tartu (UTARTU) is the leading centre of scientific research and higher education in Estonia. The Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu is a leading multidisciplinary marine research institution in Estonia, conducting both basic and applied research projects. With its extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, UTARTU's mission is to increase knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and to seek scientific (modelling) and management (GIS portals) solutions to reduce human-induced pressures, to seek blue bio-economy solutions, to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ultimately to improve environmental quality and sustainability of ecosystem services.

In the AlgaeProBanos project, UTARTU is responsible for developing an interdisciplinary multi-level sustainability assessment framework for the micro- and macroalgal sector and applying the framework to assess the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of different micro- and macroalgal use cases in the Baltic and North Sea.

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

The Mission Ocean team at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) has a portfolio of several interdisciplinary projects across departments, covering marine and maritime sciences, stakeholder engagement and digital solutions. Our work is framed around the EU Mission Ocean objectives to protect and restore our oceans, and support the transition to a circular and carbon neutral blue economy.

With the Centre for Visual Data Science at the department of mathematics and computer science, we have over a decade of experience in developing visualisation techniques to support visual analytics applications across various disciplines such as digital humanities, biology, health and social sciences.

In AlgaeProBANOS, SDU is leading the work package on digitalisation and tool, in which we develop co-designed digital tools to secure sustainable value chains and the accessibility of algae products. This is carried out in close collaboration with the project partners and pilots, stakeholders and end-users to ensure relevant and accessible tools.

VETIK ÖU

Vetik is an Estonian start-up founded in 2017 for developing new ways to valorise local red seaweed. The company has access to a unique source of wild red seaweed (Furcellaria lumbricalis) located in the sea area of the West Estonian Archipelago, between two of the biggest islands of Estonia - Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. The resource of this algae wild stock is estimated at 150,000 tons and Furcellaria has been harvested in Estonia since 1960 without any detectable effect on the raw stock.

The main aim of the company is to develop a biorefinery concept for the seaweed to utilise its full potential. In this project we will bring to market a new biostimulant for row crops. All of the activities are directed towards generating more value from the biomass that can support the cultivation of the seaweed in the Baltics.

sjy

sjy grows and produces seaweed in the Arctic Sea, from which we develop and create sustainable vegan seafood products.

The purpose and main motivation behind sjy is to contribute significantly towards a sustainable future through the development of vegan seafood. In the face of climate change, we want to be part of the solution, developing sustainable sea-based products that contributes to the way the world produces and consumes seafood.

oceanBASIS

oceanBASIS is a company that develops and markets innovative products from the sea for natural cosmetics and healthy food. Our vision is to be the world’s leading “treasure collectors” of active ingredients from the sea. oceanBASIS has specialised in the development of extracts from marine algae for health for more than 20 years. Our natural cosmetics brand “Oceanwell” and our delicatessen brand “Meeresgarten” benefit from this know-how.

With our sister company CRM – Coastal Research & Management, our mission is to use marine resources sustainably and to protect the ocean with our own research and environmental projects. In addition, we cooperate closely with universities and research institutions to investigate biotechnological and medical applications. In the AlgaeProBANOS project, our goal is to develop a healthy food supplement product from marine algae.

Power Algae

Power Algae is a biotech company based in Tartu, Estonia. The 'power' in its name refers to the enormous potential that the founders saw in microalgae when they founded the company in 2013. The interdisciplinary team initially started with designing and developing photobioreactors, as there was limited availability of middle-scale equipment on the market. The focus was on tailoring the technologies to the Nordic climate conditions and sustainability ambitions. Today Power Algae is scaling up its own microalgae production capacity and developing microalgae-based ingredients for nutraceuticals, food, and feed sectors.

Origin by Ocean

Oceans are suffering from human-made excess nutrients. This causes harmful algae blooms, which take up oxygen and crowd out the ecosystem. By using algae blooms as our raw material, we are removing nutrients from the oceans and turning them into valuable products that would otherwise be made out of oil.

Origin by Ocean is a biochemical company founded in 2019. We produce algae-based functional ingredients to substitute existing chemicals with high carbon footprints. Our patented biorefinery process produces valuable bio-based chemicals for use in food, cosmetics, home and personal care and textiles. We are in the piloting phase and our customers are launching the first consumer products made with our products in Q2/2023.

ALGIECEL

ALGIECEL was founded to take part in solving the challenge of converting the CO2 emissions from todays production processes into feasible business opportunities. The company uses natural microalgae organisms, a highly compact and high-yield photobioreactor technology fitted into standard shipping containers, and a revenue-sharing business model to offer carbon capture as a service to industrial clients.

The microalgae biomass is CO2 neutral, vegan, and natural. It can be split into a protein and an oil fraction. The protein fraction will be applied in aquaculture feed, is very high in protein and contains omega-3, food-grade vitamins, and carotenoids. The oil fraction will be applied in cosmetics, and is also high in omgea-3, contains food-grape vitamins, and carotenoids.

ALGIECEL was founded in 2021 by Henrik Busch-Larsen, who also co-founded Unibio - a leading sustainable protein company.  The team consists of highly skilled people who hold leadership experience from notable companies such as Maersk, Falck, Nestlé among others.

Affiliated entities

Christian-Albrechts-Universität Zu Kiel

The International Center (IC) at Kiel University establishes and promotes the University’s relationships with other institutions internationally. It coordinates all questions concerning partnerships between universities and international contacts. In cooperation with the faculties or institutes, the IC supports activities that promote internationalisation as well as the establishment and implementation of exchange programmes for scientists and students. It coordinates the acquisition of appropriate grant funding for both students and faculty. In addition, the IC organises special study programs and summer courses for international students and manages three guest houses for international scientists.

Devan Chemicals NV

Since 1977 Devan chemicals, the Belgium affiliate entity of Pulcra Chemicals has been providing smart finishings to the worldwide textile markets by focusing on unique and innovative solutions with substantiated claims and reliable performance. In Devan, sustainability is the company's prime concern whereas corporate sustainability strategy takes place at each company’s decision regardless of its size. All products launched in the market since 1990 were designed upon the principles to create minimal impact on our planet.

Devan is convinced that people make and shape the company. Behind its wide range of solutions there is a devoted team of operational, engineers, innovators, scientists, and futurists. A team with different backgrounds and nationalities, but all driven by the same passion. A team that actively tests its own inventions even outside the controlled environment of a laboratory according with a standardized procedure, near where the real things happen.