The aim is to evaluate the feasibility of selected business opportunities through techno-economical calculations. 

Research on NWFP’s has not often considered to real commercial products and processes. A major restraint has been the lack of information on the efficient processing and techno-economical, social and environmental benefits that can be attained from appropriate industrial utilization of NWFP’s. Another issue in the industrial development of NWFPs has been the lack of financial support and incentives to the entrepreneurs due to quite a low priority that governments and banks have put on these industries often considered to act on low-volume, niche markets. However, there are many cases in Northern countries where these obstacles have been overcome and industrial production of powders, juices, jams, drinks, superfoods, essential oils, etc. for health, nutritional, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic purposes has been established. In many Asian countries like China and India, these industries are also very competitive.  

Along with challenges in front-end harvesting and back-end marketing of NWFP product value chain, there are still some processing problems to overcome associated with industries based on NWFP’s. The processing techniques are sometimes inefficient leading to low yields, which often is due to lack of proper process development and downstream processing facilities. Moreover, the quality control procedures may not be appropriate because of shortages in equipment, trained personnel and knowhow, and access to up-to-date technological and market information. 

 

 

This task involves the following stages:

1) Selection and pre-evaluation of industrially viable NWFP products;

2) Conceptual design of selected processes;

3) Preliminary flowsheeting of selected processes;

4) Engineering design,

5) Cost assessment and sensitivity analysis. 

 

During 2019 NovelBaltic project collaborated with the project: “Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering: Design project in chemical engineering 2019”

NovelBaltic proposed the following topic for the one year student course: Essential oils from selected plants. Aalto university students evaluated the feasibility of refining the following special plants which are cultivated in Central Ostrobothnia: rose root, garden angelica and maral root. The final report is available on request.

 

Aalto university students (team NovelBaltic) presenting their work at the final seminar of the Design project in chemical engineering -course in December 2019.


   
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