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Online seminar: Green biorefinery - technologies for producing protein from green biomasses

An insight in technologies enabling extraction and use of protein from green leaves from grasses, legumes, beetroots etc.

12.10.2020 | Lise Bundgaard

Dato tor 03 dec
Tid 13:00 15:30
Sted Online

The overall message at the on-line seminar Green biorefinery – a Green Deal for agriculture – producing sustainable soy protein alternatives and biobased products held 17. November 2020, is that it is possible to extract protein from grass, clover and other green crops.

Green protein will contribute to reduce the comprehensive European import of soy protein, and the perennial, green crops have very positive effects on the environment and climate and are, at the same time, highly productive.

Biorefining will thus contribute to fulfil environmental demands and, at the same time, to maintain a productive agricultural sector, which can meet future demands for genuinely sustainable food supply.

Research in the possibilities for producing protein via biorefining of green crops has been intensified during the last years. Now the first commercial biorefinery plant has been established, and more are to come.


The seminar will provide an overview of research and innovation in technologies enabling extraction and refining of protein from green leaves from grasses, legumes, beetroots etc.

Target group

The main target group for the seminar are representatives for SME’s, organizations and larger companies, interested in the use of the technologies or the green biorefinery products.


13.00Welcome and why are we here
Uffe Jørgensen, Head of CBIO
13.10State-of-the-art of the circular production chain of green biorefining
Morten Ambye-Jensen, Dept. Engineering Science, AU
13.30Sustainable production of crops with a high content of extractable protein
Kiril Manevski, Dept. Agroecology, AU
13.40Membrane separation of soluble proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients for valorization of the brown juice
Natália Hachow Motta dos Passos & Gossaye Weldegiorgis Tirunehe, Dept. Engineering Science, AU
13.50Setting up a commercial business case on the production of feed protein and biogas from grassland
Steen Bitsch, Vestjyllands Andel
14.00Short break
14.10Protein concentrate quality for monogastric animals
Lene Stødkilde Jørgensen, Dept. Animal Science, AU
14.20Fibre fraction quality for ruminant feeding
Nikolaj Hansen, Dept. Animal Science, AU
14.30Possibilities and barriers for extraction and utilization of protein for human consumption
Trine Kastrup Dalsgaard, Dept. Food Science, AU
14.40Processing beetroot leaves into high-value functional proteins and other food ingredients
Paulus Kosters, Cosun Innovation Center (TBC)
14.50Short break
15.00Life Cycle Assessment of the green biorefinery circle – important sensitivity aspects
Marie Trydeman Knudsen, Dept. Agroecology, AU
15.10How does green biorefineries fit into farmer´s minds and business models?
Lars Villadsgaard Toft, SEGES
15.20Wrap up and coming webinars
Uffe Jørgensen, Head of CBIO

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