The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) recently announced the 41 nominees for the EIT Awards 2018. The nominees are selected for driving European innovation through ground-breaking products, projects and services that tackle global challenges in the fields of climate, energy, digitalisation, food, health and raw materials. Among the nominees is the research activity Metamorphosis, led by Birgir Örn Smárason, research scientist at Matís.
The project focuses on turning organic waste streams into a valuable, next generation aquaculture feed ingredient. The increased shortage of sustainable protein feeds has called for new approaches regarding the industry’s growing need. Many insects are very efficient in transforming organic wastes into sustainable nutrients, rich in proteins and fats. Based on currently available waste streams, several thousand tonnes of insect meal could be produced at a favourable price and quality. More than half of all aquatic species are now produced by aquaculture and its production is likely to double in the next 15 years, and insect meal has been demonstrated to successfully provide nutrition to fish. This Activity will investigate a novel insect feed additive, which will provide an alternative to Europe’s increasing reliance on fish meal and soy imports from South America, and thus help decrease the European protein deficit in a sustainable manner.
The Awards ceremony will be held in Budapest on the 4th of October during the EIT’s annual Innovation Forum, INNOVEIT. The 41 nominees represent the most promising entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe and the awards encourage entrepreneurs by putting the most innovative ventures, entrepreneurial graduates, innovation teams and women from the EIT Community in the spotlight.