Protein Revolution: Obtain Feed Ingredients from wastes for Green Transition

Background and Purpose

Currently, food waste and agricultural residues are either underutilized or used exclusively for electricity, heat generation or fuel. In the near future, both renewable electricity and heat can be produced more cheaply through other sustainable means, such as wind.

Therefore, PROFIT proposes to convert CH4 and CO2 from biogas into a valuable product, namely feed, in the form of single cell protein (SCP). 

The purpose of the project is therefore to develop a new integrated technology for handling organic waste.

How to proceed

The project works with three objectives:

- Technical: Electrochemical N and P recovery from digestate and systems analysis of the proposed technology for the process.

- Social: By accepting to collaborate in the development and acceptance of PROFIT, the agricultural sector becomes part of the community. In this respect, PROFIT contributes to the social dimension of sustainability, since it provides new opportunities to the agricultural sector, namely its involvement in the co-creation of a product that
benefits the economy and the environment.

- Economic: The sustainability and economic feasibility of PROFIT will be evaluated using lifecycle, techno-economic assessment, and market penetration actions at each level of development. 

Expected Result

PROFIT will provide the basis for policies and regulation to promote green transition and circular economy.

PROFIT answers public concerns about green transition and provides a technical solution to support the public to have a greener lifestyle.

Consequently, PROFIT will create social value as it
will contribute to sustainable solutions, create new types of jobs, and promote Danish research institutions and technology consultancy as pioneers in technology for green transition.

The value proposition of the PROFIT project will derive from the sustainable supply of protein ingredients. During the project ongoing negotiations will be performed for the commercialization of the product for target applications.

Project period

June 1, 2023-May 30, 2027

Funded by

-Innovation Fund Denmark
-Co-funding by project partners

Project partners

- Innovation Fund Denmark
- DTU, Technical University of Denmark
- Amager Resource Center (ARC)
- Knowledge Hub Zealand
- Unibio A/S
- University of Copenhagen Municipality
- Roskilde University


Sif Kjølby, Project Manager, Knowledge Hub Zealand

Irini Angelidaki, Professor, DTU