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Norway: New Food Protein Source from the Sea: GEA to Build Pilot Plant for Krill Protein

Editor: Alexander Stark

On behalf of the Norwegian company Aker Biomarine, GEA is planning the construction of the world's first pilot plant for the hydrolysis of proteins from krill.

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Krill are small crustaceans of the order Euphausiacea, from which protein products can be obtained.
Krill are small crustaceans of the order Euphausiacea, from which protein products can be obtained.
(Source: Aker Biomarine)

Düsseldorf/Germany — In July 2021, Aker Biomarine and GEA signed the engineering, procurement and construction contract for a pilot plant for the production of krill protein. The contract value is in the double-digit million euro range. The customer is a biotechnology company that catches the small shrimp and develops krill-based ingredients for functional foods, aquaculture and animal feed. Aker Biomarine aims to use the new pilot plant to produce a highly concentrated protein isolate for use in food and beverages and to prepare for the commercial sale of human protein powder from krill. The next step toward commercialization of krill protein for edible powder is the pilot plant that has now been commissioned. It will expand the current small-scale process to a scalable, industrial production stage with a capacity of 120 tons per year. Operations are scheduled to start at the end of 2022.

GEA's consistent focus on sustainability and its ability to reduce the climate footprint with its process technology was an important argument for the customer to decide to cooperate. In the pilot plant, the plant manufacturer will take particular account of sustainability aspects in the engineering.

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