Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health
Microalgae contributions to future protein and fatty acid rich feed for Norwegian chicken at industrial scale - ALGEKYLLING
End: apr 2025
Start: jun 2021
The main goal of the project is to create a knowledge and technology platform for production and use of chicken feed with proteins and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from Norwegian microalgae biomass. The project consortium includes the whole production/value chain.
Project participantsKari Skjånes
|Start - end date||01.06.2021 - 30.04.2025|
|Project manager||Stig A. Borgvang|
|Division||Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health|
|Department||Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health, Staff|
NIBIO is a research institute with strong competence on cultivation of varying microalgae species at lab-scale and Norgesfôr has competence and expertise on preparing feed for poultry. Norsk Kylling will replace imported soya in chicken feed with proteins based on microalgae biomass produced in Norway. The transition from lab-scale production to industrial pilot scale production will be managed by Algæ, a company with a business vision to become an important industrial microalgae producer.
The project will enable the production, at pilot-scale, of a targeted protein- and PUFA rich microalgae biomass as ingredients in chicken feed. In parallel with this project development, Algæ will, together with Norgesfôr and Norsk Kylling, and based on the pilot-scale results of the project, lay the fundaments for industrial-scale microalgae cultivation.
Shelf life studies of microalgae biomass with regard to nutrient composition - will be performed to ensure stable and reproducible products. A challenge is to reduce production costs throughout the production line to obtain competitive feed and chicken prices. The project also addresses this by e.g. using CO2 from biogas and/or industrial l microalgae producer.
An important challenge in the project is reduction of production costs throughout the production line. ALGEKYLLING addresses this also within the research part of the project using e.g. CO2 from biogas/industrial emissions, as the carbon source in the microalgae production. Storage sensitivity of microalgae biomass with regard to nutrient composition - shelf life- will be performed to ensure stable and reproducible products.
In parallel with the ALGEKYLLING project development, Algæ will, together with Norgesfôr and Norsk Kylling, and based on the ALGEKYLLING pilot-scale results, lay the fundaments for industrial-scale microalgae biomass cultivation