Finlands Akademi
Finansieringsbeslut
 
Namn Mikkonen, Kirsi
Organisation HY
Projektets titel POWERful bioeconomically compatible EMulsifiers (EMPOWER)
Beslutnr 305517
Beslutsdatum 30.09.2016
Finansieringsperiod 01.10.2016 - 30.09.2018
Finansiering 297 705
WebFOCUS Report
Beskrivning av projektet
The EMPOWER project takes the next necessary steps towards the use and commercialization of currently unexploited, abundant biomass stream, softwood hemicelluloses, as novel, functional hydrocolloids. Potential future forestry biorefinery products, spruce galactoglucomannans (GGM), act as efficient, multifunctional emulsion stabilizers, enhancing the formation as well as both physical and oxidative stability of small oil droplets in water. GGM is envisioned as a novel hydrocolloid with suggested market name: "spruce gum", to replace guar gum, gum Arabic, and other imported hydrocolloids. To advance the commercialization of GGM it is of key importance to assess their safety as novel additives, according to the standards determined by the EU legislation. In addition, to apply GGM emulsions in commercial products, the industry involvement in different model product trials is essential, as well as distribution of the results to potential stakeholders.