AgriChemWhey, is an EU Innovation project that is receiving funding from the Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking and is building a first-of-a-kind, industrial-scale biorefinery to valorise dairy processing by-products into several added-value bio-based materials for growing global markets, such as lactic acid (LA).  The dairy processing by-products were one of the main hurdles in allowing dairy processing to consider a zero-waste and circular economy approach.

The Flagship project is examining the technical and economic viability of scaling up biorefinery technology for dairy processing. A major objective is to establish new co-operation and co-operative value chains with other local and rural stakeholders for the production of high value sustainable food, feed and biobased products from the dairy processing side streams, creating an enhanced circular bioeconomy for the agriculture and agri-food waste – tackling one of the major sustainability issues of the dairy industry.  Developing biorefining technology for use in biobased industries in rural and regional areas also offers the opportunity to develop high quality, skilled green & sustainable jobs.

The project and its objectives:

The AgriChemWhey project will establish a first-of-a-kind, industrial-scale biorefinery to valorise dairy by-products from milk and cheese processing to several high added value bio-based (food, feed, fertilizer & chemicals) products for growing global markets by:

  • Optimising and scaling-up the innovative fermentation processes
  • Proving the technical and economic viability of the biorefinery
  • Integrating co-operation of industrial and agricultural value chains