AgriChemWhey second newsletter issue




An integrated biorefinery for the conversion of dairy side streams to high-value bio-based chemicals

AGRICHEMWHEY, a project that is receiving funding from the BBI JU, is building a first-of-a-kind, industrial-scale biorefinery to valorise dairy processing by-products into several added-value bio-based materials for growing global markets, such as lactic acid (LA). This Flagship project aims to also prove the techno-economic viability of this innovative biorefinery technology. A major objective is to establish a new industrial symbiosis value chain with other local stakeholders for the production of high-value sustainable food and feed products from the processes side streams, creating an enhanced circular bioeconomy for the agriculture and agri-food waste – tackling one of the major sustainability issues of the dairy industry.

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Project News

Since the last newsletter in July 2018, there has been considerable progress made. This includes completed refinement and optimisation of the upstream process at the pilot plant with installation and commissioning of the downstream process on-going, planning for characterisation of side streams, and initial interactions with potential end-users contributing to the planning of exploitation work.

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Publication in Environmental Science & Technology Scientific Journal

On 29th August 2018, AgriChemWhey’s partner, Trinity College Dublin, contributed to the scientific publication. More about the publication and a link are available on our project website.

Collaboration with BioWays Project

Recently, AgriChemWhey joined the BioWays projects by becoming a part of the BioWatch database. Learn more about our project in our online seed!

Interview Published in RTE and Dublin Live

On the 29th August 2018, Dr. Babu of AgriChemWhey’s partner Trinity College Dublin was interviewed for an RTE and Dublin Live article with his colleague Professor O’Connor from BEACON to discuss their newly designed biodegradable material which could employ AgriChemWhey’s second-generation lactic acid. Dr. Babu stated that “we have shown for the first time that you can blend plastics together to make them more biodegradable but still keeping the strength and performance of the plastic. This opens up huge opportunities to create novel sustainable plastics that perform in multiple positive ways for society.”

Release of AGRICHEMWHEY video

In February the AGRICHEMWHEY video will be released providing a narration of the project for a wide-ranging audience. Keep an eye on our social media for this!


Ending Plastic Waste Conference

On 14th September 2018, AgriChemWhey’s coordinating partner, Glanbia, was invited to speak at the Ending Plastic Waste Conference. This event took place in Dungarvan, Ireland and was hosted by Sean Kelly MEP, Ireland South. Speakers on the day included Cllr. Declan Doocey, Mayor of Waterford; Sean Kelly MEP, EPP Group; Grace O’Sullivan, Green Party Senator; Bill Morrissey, Procurement Manager of Glanbia and John Lynch, Sales Manager/Recycling Consultant at Down2Earth Materials. The event was closed with a Panel Debate ad Q&A with the speakers.

Shannon ABC Open Day

On 19th September 2018, AgriChemWhey’s project partner CMP was invited to present at the Limerick Institute of Technology for the Shannon ABC Open Day. Tony Callaghan provided an overview of the AgriChemWhey project and the analysis work that Shannon ABC will be carrying out for CMP within this. Other speakers on the day included representatives from Irish Atlantic Sea Salt and TanOrganic.

AGRICHEMWHEY at the National Bioeconomy Day

On the 19th October 2018, the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD introduced the Bioeconomy Ireland Day. This saw him formally open the new 22 MEUR BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre at the National Bioeconomy Campus in Lisheen, Co. Tipperary which is the site of the AgriChemWhey pilot facilities and will also be the site of the flagship biorefinery.



On the 8th November 2018, Bill Morrissey of Glanbia presented at the BIOEAST Conference – Bioeconomy in the forefront of national policies in Budapest, Hungary.

EDA Annual Convention 2018

On 15-16th November 2018, Bill Morrissey presented the AGRICHEMWHEY project at the EDA Annual Convention 2018  with the session titled ‘A Green Future for European Dairy – The future potential of dairy ingredients’.


National UK Lifescience Expo

On 28th November 2018, PNO exhibited at the UK’s National Lifescience Expo on behalf of the AgriChemWhey project. Held in Milton Keynes, this saw the gathering of over 1000 senior management from the life science sector offering an opportunity for the sector to gather and keep up to date with the latest innovations, best practice and new technology solutions. This featured over 30 speakers and 50 exhibitors to inform and educate the delegates who have gathered to network and listen to key

note talks. The event features, educational seminars on the latest industry issues, key insights from industry thought leaders and service providers, first-hand case studies from leading UK and global life science companies, hands-on demonstrations of the latest solutions in the technology showcase, excellent networking opportunities with peers throughout the day.

New Colleagues

Since the publishing of the last newsletter, there have been several new employees hired to contribute to AGRICHEMWHEY:
  • Maneesh Mediboyina, PhD student at UCD
  • Mukesh Pednekar, Post-doc at TCD
  • Giulia Bondi, Research Officer at TEAGASC
  • Federico Giraudo, Junior Grants and Innovation Consultant at PNO Consultants (Brussels-EU Office)

Upcoming Bioeconomy Events in 2019

  • IBioIC’s 5th Annual Conference, 30th-31st January 2019, Glasgow
  • 3rd European Chemistry Partnering, 26th February 2019, Frankfurt
  • 7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers, 20th-21st March 2019, Cologne
  • World Bio Markets 2019, 1st-3rd April 2019, Amsterdam
  • Bioprocess International European Summit 2019, 2nd-5th April 2019, Vienna
  • 5th edition of the GreenWin’s International Conferences on Green Chesmistry & White Biotechnology : “(BIO-)Plastics & Ecociruclarity: from challenges to opportunities” – 8 & 9 May 2019 – Gosselies, Belgium
  • AllEnergy 2019, 15th-16th May 2019, Glasgow
  • BIO International Convention 2019, 3rd-6th June 2019, Philadelphia
  • BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2019, 8th-11th July 2019, Iowa

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 744310.

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