BacchusTech

The BacchusTech - Integrated Approach for the Valorisation of Winemaking Residues - project seeks to develop a new innovative process, that includes the extraction, purification and concentration of bioactive compounds present in winemaking residues.

Project Description

Wine production is one of the oldest and most important agricultural activities worldwide (28 billion liters produced worldwide in 2018). Portugal is the 5th and 11th largest producer in the EU and worldwide, respectively. The consortium leader, Caves Campelo Lda., founded in 1951, produced 6 million liters of wine in 2019, from which 18.4 % were exported to countries all over the world. The BacchusTech project seeks to develop a new innovative process, that includes the extraction, purification and concentration of bioactive compounds present in winemaking residues. It is well known that these residues are rich in bioactive compounds (e.g. flavonols, anthocyanins), and this project wants to prove that the residues processing can bring an added value e.g. to the pharmaceutics, food and cosmetics and civil construction industries. The gain in terms of environmental sustainability of the company, resulting from the implementation of the aforementioned technologies will be estimated by a life cycle analysis approach.

Objectives

Improving Circular Bioeconomy giving value to the vinification residues:

  • Chemical characterization and bioactive properties of vinification residues and MIP fractions and subsequent application in model products (cosmetics and desserts);
  • Design, synthesis and characterization of molecularly imprinted adsorbents to target bioactive compounds in winemaking;
  • Assembly, control and optimization of a process prototype for the purification and concentration of bioactive compounds present in different winemaking residues
  • Valorisation of spent diatomaceous earth into geopolymersfor environmental applications
  • Valorization of spent diatomaceous earth into geopolymers for construction materials
  • Environmental sustainability assessment of wineries by using an LCA approach.

Consortium

BacchusTech consortium is composed by two Polytechnic Institutes, four Companies, two International Partners and three Research Centers and one Research and Technological Development Center.

Consortium

The consortium is composed by the following Polytechnic Institutes, Research Centers, Companies and International Partners.

Scientific Team

Researchers involved in BacchusTech Project.

International Researchers

International Researchers involved in the BacchusTech Project.

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