Project: Environment-friendly technology for collagen production from freshwater fish by-products

The overall aim of the project is to develop an effective technology for production of high quality fish collagen from by-products from processing of farmed freshwater fish. The development work done previously by the project Ps has shown promising preliminary results at laboratory scale. The trials have confirmed the possibilities of further improvement of technological approach, restriction in use of chemicals to environmental-friendly reagents, and allow respective technology to be implemented at small-scale fish processing sites making it utilisable for major part of freshwater aquaculture community._x000D__x000D_The CO research and development work in the project includes: 1) technological research for development of technique for high-yield extraction of collagen from freshwater fish by-products using environmental-friendly regents, 2) technological research for development of technique for purification of freshwater fish collagen to obtain highly homogenous product, 3) adaptation of the findings of technological research for semi-industrial and industrial scale, 4) drawing out technological recommendation for collection, sorting, and storage of freshwater fish by-products for collagen production._x000D__x000D_Available industrial technologies based on similar principles are suited for marine raw materials and designed for large scale processing units which makes them hardly applicable for big freshwater fish processing sites and economically unsuitable for freshwater aquaculture with its middle- and small-scale processing sites. Moreover, existing technologies in most cases imply utilisation of environmentally hazardous chemicals. Thus, there is no directly competing technology on the market presently. At the same time, the proposed technology matches demand of freshwater aquaculture industry for new ways to improve its economic sustainability via development of new value-added products and better utilisation of resources. In this circumstances project Ps are planning to exploit the results of the development through license agreements with freshwater aquaculture industry._x000D__x000D_The consortium includes two Ps from two Eurostars member countries: Hungarian research-performing SME Double Delta Kft. and Department of Biotechnology of Norwegian University of Technology. The Ps possess complementary expertise and qualifications which guarantee effective work on the project. Double Delta Kft. is specialised in applied research, development, transfer of innovative technologies, and consultancy in aquaculture with special focus on freshwater fish farming. The CO goal of the research at the Department of Biotechnology of Norwegian University of Technology is the application of modern biotechnology methods to the study of both basic questions as well as problems with practical applications. The most important for the current project research area is utilisation of by-products from the traditional fishing industry for use in feeds or as raw materials for production of fish gelatine and other value-added products._x000D__x000D_Both Ps possess long-term experience of participation in international projects on research and technological development. Effectiveness of cooperation between the Ps has been confirmed during joint participation in EU-funded projects.

Acronym COLLFRESH (Reference Number: 4353)
Duration 01/07/2008 - 30/06/2011
Project Topic High-yield technology for environment-friendly production of purified collagen from freshwater fish by-products on small-scale processing sites will be created.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
The overall result of the project is represented by the developed technology for production of high quality fish collagen from by-products from processing of farmed freshwater fish. This technology utilises specific by-products which are currently subject to discharge and results in obtaining of a value-added product with competitive characteristics. The technology is applicable for small-scale processing sites. Environment-friendly character of this technology is provided by utilisation of renewable raw materials, decrease of organic wastes, and application of environmentally safe chemicals.
Network Eurostars
Call Eurostars Cut-Off 1

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
2 Double Delta Kereskedelmi Termelo és Kutatásfejlesztési Korlátolt Felelosségu Társaság Coordinator Hungary
2 Department of Biotechnology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Partner Norway