A main component in chicken feathers is keratin protein, which has a very low digestibility. Autoclaving, and addition of alkali or salt may dissolve a significant part of the feather protein, as shown on this picture of dissolved protein and residues. The digestibility of proteins is enriched in both fractions. (Photo: Steffen Adler, NIBIO)
A main component in chicken feathers is keratin protein, which has a very low digestibility. Autoclaving, and addition of alkali or salt may dissolve a significant part of the feather protein, as shown on this picture of dissolved protein and residues. The digestibility of proteins is enriched in both fractions. (Photo: Steffen Adler, NIBIO)

Total Utilization of Raw Materials in the Supply Chain for Food with a Bio-economical Perspective (CYCLE) )

CThe CYCLE project aims at upcycling food industry co-streams in the value chains for pelagic fish, chicken, vegetables and potatoes, where new utilisations may increase benefits and economic profit.

CYCLE is an interdisciplinary project with a bio-economic perspective, studying both marine and agricultural value chains. The project aims at improving the resource utilization in Norwegian food chains by developing novel technology and innovative, sustainable approaches. CYCLE integrates disciplines such as food safety, sustainability, sensor & automation technology, logistics and animal nutrition. Food co-streams that are not appropriate for human food consumption are utilised as feed, fertilizers or energy.  Recycling of local resources is of special interest in organic farming, where organic matter and nutrients should circulate in the farming system, producing a surplus to be sold as food. Current linear, industrially designed food models should be replaced by cycling systems. In cooperation with NIBIO, NORSØK leads a work package on feed and fertilisers. Hydrolysation of chicken feathers, and hydrothermal carbonification of residues after anaerobic digestion to produce biochar for soil amendment are two examples of CYCLE activities managed by NIBIO and NORSØK.

Hydrolysation of chicken feathers, and hydrothermal carbonification of residues after anaerobic digestion to produce biochar for soil amendment are two examples of CYCLE activities managed by NIBIO and NORSØK.

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In the CYCLE project, co-streams of vegetables and potatoes were utilized for smoothies, protective films and enriched silage. Take a look!

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Project staff NORSØK:Anne-Kristin Løes and Kirsty McKinnon
Project partners: SINTEF, NIBIO, SIFO National Institute for Costomer Research /Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences , VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND LTD, University of Copenhagen., Global Green Energy AS, Norilia AS, BAMA, Orkel and and others.
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