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.