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PeelPioneers (NL)

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DEVELOPING A BIOREFINERY BUSINESS CASE ON CITRUS PEEL WASTE

PeelPioneers, a Dutch start-up, has a clear goal: valorizing citrus peel waste from industry and restaurants. First essential oils are extracted, these can be used for cosmetic or cleaning applications.  The remaining material can be used as pectin-ready peel if the waste is food proof, or as fiber in fiber applications. Citrus peel currently ends up in anaerobic digestion, although it is not a suitable substrate. PeelPioneers established access to this waste material, while SuperBIO helped with constructing the value chain consisting of NS (National Railways, NL) for the feedstock, Eco-point(NL) to use the essential oils in cleaning products and Ecotreasures(BE) with expertise in extraction of essential oils from fruit waste. Currently, PeelPioneers is looking for subsidy opportunities together with BiotechSubsidy.

SuperBIO provided insight into the importance of establishing a clear value chain in which all interests are aligned and everyone is ready for cooperation
— Sytze Van Stempvoort (PeelPioneers)
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