The BPA provides a platform of enabling technologies targeted at developing high value co-products from primary industry biological raw materials. Our technologies will also deliver cleaner, safer and more energy-efficient processes in alignment with national priorities.
We aim to add value to New Zealand’s economy from secondary processing of the forestry, marine, agricultural, horticultural, animal and microbiological streams.
Enabling technologies for adding value
The four fundamental components of the enabling technology platform will individually or collectively process biological materials for added value.
Extraction – direct recovery of high value, low volume constituents.
For example, rendering, supercritical extraction, or purification.
High value processing – transforming functionality.
Fermentative or chemical conversion of unprocessed, pre-extracted or deconstructed residuals to generate new high value co-products such as animal supplements and functional lipids.
Reconstruction – putting things together.
Combining functionalised bulk materials with natural or synthetic polymers to produce novel bio-composites.
Deconstruction – pulling things apart.
Hydrothermal, chemical or biological conversion of bulk residual materials to recover platform chemicals (e.g. acetate), nutrients, energy or rendered animal feeds.
Matching raw materials with technologies
We integrate raw material of varying quality, composition and quantity with an inventory of currently available technologies to create a range of product outcomes. A robust decision-making framework will then be used to provide an objective assessment of economic viability, scalability, and market for each new product and processing platform.
Pilot plant facilities
Our network of pilot plant facilities is designed to scale up research and assess the feasibility of a process or product as a commercial investment. The BPA partners already have an existing network of pilot plants in place which will be supplemented where necessary with new equipment and external pilot plants. Examples of current pilot plant facilities include:
- TERAXTM hydrothermal deconstruction technology
- Fibre processing plant
- Supercritical CO2 dewatering plant
- Supercritical fluid processing plant
- Marine products extraction and modification pilot plant.
The BPA can assist with the construction of production-scale plant facilities and the transfer of personnel between research team and industry partners. Our partners have a strong track record of success with over 20 new products and technologies being commercialised in the last 15 years.