The AQUA-COMBINE biorefinery plant at AAU
As part of the H2020 project AQUA-COMBINE, AAU has in 2020 build Phase 1 of the demonstration plant for processing of halophyte biomass (e.g. Salicornia) into bioactive extracts (for cosmetics and functional foods), pre-biotic protein and carbohydrates, and biogas. The plant consists of all unit operations needed be able to process and valorise the non-food part of Salicornia, giving added value for Salicornia farmers in a circular manner, where all fractions of the plants are utilised.
Phase 1 consists of: Washer, shredder, extractor, autoclave reactors, juicer, fermentors, separation tank, and biogas reactor.
Key processes will be further scaled up to demostration scale during 2021 in Phase 2 of the execution of the plant.