Whey2Value is an eco-innovative patent-pending technology, which uses waste whey as a substrate to produce natural vitamin B12 and purified / recycled water. The technology represents a truly unique opportunity to create a huge and disruptive impact on efficient and sustainable processing of the biggest waste product of the dairy industry.
The challenge: The dairy industry generates over 190 million tons of waste whey annually during the cheese manufacture, which presents a major economical and environmental challenge. Only limited economical solutions exist to process it. In particular the acid whey, a by-product of soft cheeses and curd production, the costs of its processing by currently available technologies are prohibitively high for smaller manufacturers, severely impacting their competitiveness on the markets.
The Solution: ACIES BIO has developed an innovative and potentially disruptive high-value technology to convert acid waste whey by a unique microbial fermentation to convert waste whey into food-grade microbial biomass with high content of vitamin B12 and purified water at the same time. The vitamin B12-enriched microbial biomass is then used as a high-quality, protein-rich B12 feed additive, or as a base for isolation of pharmaceutical grade natural vitamin B12 for human consumption. It is a perfect example of a sustainable, zero-waste yet highly profitable circular economy to produce valuable products from waste.
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Whey2Value technology has received a grant from EU Horizon 2020 SME INST Phase 2 in 2015. The project started on 1 November 2015 and will last until 31 October 2017. Project Title: Whey2Value: Valorising waste whey into high-value products Project Number: 697958 Project Duration: 24 months Project Start Date: 1 November 2015 Call: H2020 – SMEINST-2-2015 Topic: SC5-20-2015 Boosting the potential of small business for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials