The project BioActive Compounds from Spruce - BACS develops processes for the extraction of bioactive substances through processing of spruce, and applications for such products in agriculture, animal feed, hygiene products and cosmetics. The sustainability of the products is in focus, and life cycle analyses (LCA) are used as a guideline during process and application development. 2 Norwegian industries, 5 Norwegian R&D groups from academia (with 2 postdocs) and contract research institutes and 5 foreign companies from Europe and North America, participate in the project which lasts for 3.5 years. The foreign companies cover their own costs and receive no financing.
Most of the products have not been commercially available until now, and most of the applications for the products are new. In such a setting, this is a ground-breaking project. The goal is aimed at high-quality special products with low volume that are used to solve specific challenges in the industries and applications where they are used.
A large variety of processes were evaluated in the initial phase, and the extracted compounds were screened for activity in the indicated applications. So, in the second phase, two process concepts were chosen for further development and prototype extracts were produced on a pilot scale. In the final phase, the prototypes will be evaluated in further application tests.
The project BioActive Compounds from Spruce - BACS aims at developing processes to extract bioactive compounds from sidestreams of spruce processing and applications for such streams for use in agriculture, feed, personal care, cosmetics. Sustainability of the products will be in focus, and LCA will be used as a guideline during process and application development. 2 Norwegian industries, 5 Norwegian RnD groups from academia (with 2 post docs) and contract research institutes, 5 foreign industries from Europe and North-America and 3 European Universities will be partnering up to run this project over 3,5 years. The foreign companies cover their own costs, and will not receive any funding.
Most of the products have not been commercially available so far, and most of the applications of the products are new. In such a setting, this is a groundbreaking project. Products aimed for are high value, low volume specialty products, used to solve specific challenges in the industries and applications where they are applied.