Projects

Målsetningen til Circulizer er å forbedre sirkulariteten mellom blå og grønn sektor. Prosjektet skal øke kunnskapen om bruk av marine restråstoffer slik som fiskeslam og fiskeensilasje til biogass- og biorestproduksjon.

Både i Norge og i EU er det politiske mål om å øke biogassproduksjonen de nærmeste årene. En økning i produksjon av biogass vil også gi økning i produksjon av biorest. En god utnyttelse av bioresten er nøkkelen til et sirkulært system der de nyttige næringsstoffer kan gjenvinnes. Biorest kan potensielt representere en stor kostnad for biogassanleggene dersom det ikke er markedsaksept for bruk av biorest som gjødsel.

I Norge skal mange av de nye biogassanleggene bruke marine restråstoffer til biogassproduksjon. Dette er relativt unikt for Norge, og det finnes derfor lite dokumentasjon på hvordan disse råstoffene påvirker bioresten. En av de største barrierene for økt biogassproduksjon er skepsis relatert til kvalitet og miljørisiko ved bruk av biorest som gjødsel.

Prosjektet undersøker hvordan bruk av marine restråstoffer til biogassproduksjon påvirker den anaerobe utråtningsprosessen og kvaliteten til biorest som gjødsel. Prosjektet skal beregne potensielle miljøgevinster ved å erstatte mineralgjødsel med biogjødsel fra biorest. Videre skal prosjektet utforske hvordan forskningsbasert kunnskap og erfaringer om bruk av biorest kan bli kommunisert til gårdbrukere slik at dette medfører endringer i gjødselpraksis.

Prosjektet ledes av NORSUS og gjennomføres i samarbeid med forskningsmiljøene NIBIO, NMBU, Norsøk og Havforskningsinstituttet, i tillegg til aktører som representerer hele verdikjeden: råstoffleverandører, biorestprodusenter og brukere av biorest.

The project SynoProtein (Carbon capture from syngas to Single Cell Protein (SCP) and use as fish feed Ingredient) started on September1st and it will end by March 2028.

Synoprotein is funded by the Horizon Europe programme under the call-JU-CBE-2022 (Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking).

The project’s coordinator is WAI ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS. WAI is a Norwegian technology company developing and implementing environmental technologies within wastewater treatment, bio-sludge treatment, nutrients and resources recovery, hazardous waste and soil remediation and aquaculture.

The main objective of SynoProtein is to develop and demonstrate a novel carbon-negative process that enables high value creation from sawmill by-products through carbon capture and use (CCU). The aim is to establish a sawmill by-products valorisation process in a continuous flow system at a pilot scale with a production capacity of 5 kg/day for Single Cell Protein (SCP) and biochar each (dry weight). Innovative processes are developed using forest residues to be converted to single cell protein for fish feed ingredients as alternative to the traditional climate and energy intensive soybean and resource-limited wild fish protein production and to biochar production for animal feed.  11 partners from four different European countries (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany) are part of the consortium representing industry, academia, and research institutes. For more information about the project see: https://www.cbe.europa.eu/projects/synoprotein

NORSUS is responsible for assessesing the potential environmental and social impacts of the novel SynoProtein solution by using environmental and social Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies. Data will be collected in the consortium from lab scale to pilot plant and published by the end of the project in European platforms. Comparison with the state-of-the-art of the technologies will also be established. Several environmental impact categories such as climate change, water scarcity, resource scarcity and biodiversity will be investigated. In addition, NORSUS will use the Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) framework and will employ methods for involving the public in the development of the Synoprotein biobased value chains.

We acknowledge that the project is supported by the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE-JU) and its members under Grant Agreement No. 101112345.

The NewTools project aims to provide both producers and consumers with a greater understanding of the impact of the food we eat, its nutritional quality and its climate and environmental impact. Working with integrated indicators for the health and environmental aspects of food production and consumption, the project will support a shift towards a more sustainable food sector. Among other measures, two scoring systems for food will be developed: one providing scores for nutritional quality and one for the environmental impact of each individual food. The goal of NewTools is to define relevant and accurate indicators. In addition to being useful tools for consumers, they can be employed as guidelines in product development, the formulation of policy, purchasing schemes and more. The project will place a major emphasis on the food culture and production conditions that are specific to Norway, while at the same time striving to create a result that is flexible enough to be used internationally. In order to achieve this, it is important that the various actors within the food system are able to collaborate. The project is led by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Other participants include research bodies, representatives from the entire value chain – from land and fjord to the table - and dialogue partners. NORSUS will, together with NMBU and its partners, be developing a scoring system for environmental impact.

There is great interest in carbon footprints of food and therefore NORSUS in collaboration with RISE in Sweden has carried out a project to establish a climate database for Norwegian foods. Currently, RISE has a climate database that contains carbon footprints for just over 750 foods on the Swedish market. The Norwegian list will be included as part of this database, so that it is adapted to the Norwegian market. In this database, Swedish foods have been replaced with Norwegian foods and imported goods will be the same for both Norway and Sweden. The carbon footprints for the Norwegian products are based on life cycle analysis carried out by NORSUS and literature data for Norwegian conditions. 

Read more about the collaboration here.

Read more about RISE Climate database here.

The project aims to create new knowledge on degradability and potential for unintentional spread and accumulation in the environment of biodegradable and compostable plastic materials, which are currently used or likely to see increased use in Norway.


Prosjektet skal også vurdere bærekraftsperspektiver ved bruk av bionedbrytbar plast sammenlignet med konvensjonell plast, herunder forsøpling og spredning av ikke-nedbrytbare rester, forbrukeradferd, samt material- og ressursbruk.


Three main research areas will be developed during the project, the first on degradation of biodegradable mulch films in soils under Nordic conditions, the second on fate of biodegradable and compostable plastic materials in waste streams, and the third providing a life-cycle perspective on biodegradable plastic materials in both agriculture and waste streams. Project owner an coordinating research manager: NIBIO (Norsk institutt for bioøkonomi). Other partners: NORSUS, Grønt Punkt Norge, SIMAS IKS, Norsk Landbruksrådgivning og Landfiks.

Website for the project here.