The Marealis project
Back in 2017 we started a collaboration with Marealis in Norway. Marealis is a marine biotechnology company focusing on the development and commercialization of novel bioactive peptides derived from sustainable sources of the arctic ocean.
We tested different enzyme solutions in our laboratory for us to find out, how we could extract peptide concentrate from shrimp shells in a smooth and sustainable way.
A close collaboration with the R&D team in Marealis resulted in an optimal enzymatic solution which helps getting the most out of the raw material and reducing waste.
What Are Enzymes And Where To Use Them?
What Are Enzymes? Enzymes belong to a group of proteins. Proteins and therefore enzymes have many important functions in the living organism as well as the industry. Enzymes functions as the nature’s toolbox as it’s capable of clipping molecules, change them and assemble again. Many everyday products we use contains or are based on enzymes like biodiesel and methods to streamline and improve feed for the agricultural sector.
Where To Use Enzymes? Enzymes is found in every organism from one-celled bacteria to multicellular animals and plants. Enzymes are a part of most processes within a cell and is the natures catalyst. To be the natures catalyst means, that the molecule can speed up the chemical reactions without the molecule itself being changed, destroyed, or disappears e.g., food being digested or a muscle contracts.
The best solution for the industry Enzymes are to a great extent used in the industry, where many products contain or are produced by the means of enzymes. The reason for the wide use of enzymes is due to the enzyme’s characteristics being very specific. When using enzymes, it’s possible to make sure the product derived from the chemical reactions turn out as expected.
Less waste, less water and less global warming Many of the products produces with enzymes today was formerly produced with chemicals. By the application of chemicals, it’s often necessary to use high temperatures and the chemicals are often harmful for the environment. By using enzymes instead, it’s possible to lower the temperature, avoid dangerous chemicals, save energy and water together with avoiding unwanted by-products.