Turning citrus waste into value-added resources

Climate-KIC Start-Up

Founding Year: 2017

Location: The Netherlands


PeelPioneers has developed a bio-refinery concept that turns citrus peel waste into valuable resources.

Europe wastes over five billion kilos of citrus peel every year. Most of this waste goes to incineration, where the chemical components that are inside the peel are lost forever. PeelPioneers turns citrus peel ‘waste’ into essential oils (fragrance), chemicals (pectin, cellulose and flavonoids) or a sustainable animal feed. These resources are sold as commodities or used in products that can go back to our peel suppliers (e.g. hand soap from orange peel to a hotel), therefore making our business model circular.

PeelPioneers has successfully launched a commercial pilot in early 2017 and is now working towards a first full scale plant in the Netherlands.


Sytze van Stempvoort

Team Members: Lindy Hensen (industrial design, M.Sc.), Bas van Wieringen (Strategy and organizational science, M.Sc.), Marco van den Broek (supplychain management, M.Sc.), Sytze van Stempvoort (chemistry, B.Sc.)