From biomass to energy, fuels and chemicals. The products from biorefineries replace or substitute products from traditional oil refineries. The utilization of renewable raw materials (wood, agro and industrial waste and marine biomass) minimizes the emission of greenhouse gases.
Climate and environment Sustainable food production
Drying of food (thermal processing of meat, fish, vegetables and seaweed / kelp) is the most important method of preservation in the world. Drying gives a stable product with a longer shelf life and a product that is easy to distribute. However, drying is energy-intensive, and the quality of the final product depends on the process. Researchers at Process Technology at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture possesses expertise in both chemistry and technology in order best to solve interdisciplinary challenges within drying of foodstuffs. For an energy efficient and environmentally friendly drying process will reuse and utilization of waste heat using heat pumps be highly relevant. Partial drying can be combined with salting for the production of cured meat. During production of cured meat, lamb ribs, cheese and dried fish will optimal management and control of temperature and humidity in the greenhouse stock be important for quality and yield.
Food and feed products may undergo both wanted and unwanted microbial, biochemical and chemical processes and changes during production and storage, e.g. lactic acid fermentation of milk products, microbial and enzymatic ripening of cheese, meat and fish products, and microbial, enzymatic and chemical deterioration of food products during storage. Different strategies may be used to control, promote or prevent these processes. Biotechnological processes may also be used to produce food and feed ingredients, e.g. polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Industrial biotechnology is a key research area at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry. Industrial biotechnology uses enzymes and micro-organisms to make biobased products in sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and feed ingrediens, detergents, paper and pulp, textiles and bioenergy.
Biological and biotechnological systems are often very complex, containing a large number (hundreds to thousands) of distinct chemical compounds. The use of mass spectrometry (MS) coupled to chromatographic separation (GC, LC, IC, FFF) allows for sensitive and robust quantification (ng/ml and below) of one or several selected compounds. This can be done even when the compound(s) of interest is present at very low concentration and in complex mixtures with closely related molecules. No other analytical technique can provide the same combination of sensitivity, selectivity and specificity for biological systems.
Because of world population growth, it is estimated that we must produce 70 % more food on the planet by 2050. In addition, it is necessary that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically. In this picture, it is important to preserve and utilize all the food being produced. One of the key elements is to gain control of the temperature immediately after harvest and capture, through processing and all the way to the end user. SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture is analysing, simulating, measuring and improving refrigeration systems to increase the benefit, increase product quality, reduce the negative impact on the climate, and to provide our customers with better profitability.
High throughput screening facility, Trondheim
The robotic screening facility at SINTEF are optimized for high throughput analytical and cultivation work and enables us to process of thousands of samples or cultures per day.
VALUMICS - Understanding food value chain and network dynamics
The overall objective of the VALUMICS project is to provide decision makers throughout food value chains with a comprehensive suite of approaches and tools that will enable them to evaluate the impact of strategic and operational policies to enhance the resilience, integrity and sustainability of food value chains for European countries.
Re-FOOD is an international partnership for research and education in energy efficient resource utilization in FOOD value chains between Norway and India.
ResMap – Antibiotic resistance in Norwegian poultry production; Improved knowledge by advanced HTS-based technology platforms
In the ResMap project we will perform studies that will contribute to increased understanding of bacterial antibiotic resistance in Norwegian food production, in relation to consumption of poultry risk products and impacts on human health.