R&D

Tests performed to your design

In this scenario, our role will be to take your protocol on board, adapt it to fit the specifics of our facilities, and translate it into a language our technicians can speak.

Two-way dialogue is important here to factor in the specifics of our facilities and make sure the objectives set can be achieved.

Co-conception of contract work

This is how things most often pan out: you already have an idea of the type of testing needed, you just need help translating it into procedure. We sit down together and talk through the proposals we can put together to address your need and the resources each party is ready to mobilize.

These talks will emerge a solution that reflects the constraints and possibilities that this dialogue helped to internalize.

An iterative process: more often than not, especially if work required strays away from well-mapped-out procedure, we have to introduce a multi-phase workflow design process to confirm or disconfirm the original premises and orient the contract work according to the results obtained.
We develop proposals that factor in uncertainty over the results and schedule in phase gates for making decisions where we bring in the contract sponsors.

Our innovative capability

Some of our clients are not fats-and-oils experts and so they rely on our problem-solving services.
Our innovative capability equips us to come up with creative ideas and engineer new approaches.
This capability is something that we have steadily developed over time, first and foremost to meet the needs of the applied technology centres where demand was to adapt to new challenges like cutting greenhouse gas emissions in our fast-and-oils industries, finding new technologies for treating soybean seeds, linseed dehulling, etc. Then, the move to affiliate CREOL and the subsequent merger of ITERG and CREOL refining capacities transferred a number of competences from the applied technology centres over to OLEAD, and in exchange, let the applied technology centres develop and consolidate other competitive competences, thus optimizing the mobilization of resources across the board. Leveraging OLEAD with the applied technology centres brings access to powerful document resources and analytical expertise.

We have also developed a growing capacity to handle process cost-based economics analysis, which can prove invaluable to the development of novel techniques.

Collaborative projects

We operate on levels of scale and specialization that enable us to run as lone bidder on calls for projects launched by institutional clients like the ANR [French national research funding agency], ADEME [French environment policy and energy management agency], CASDAR [French budget funding for agriculture and rural infrastructure], PIVERT [Picardy institute for plant energy transition, innovation teaching and technology research], regional councils, the EC, and more.

That said, our facility equipment and competences are sometimes vital to consortia for getting certain more general project-package tasks done.

Selected collaborative projects currently underway

PIVERT Genesys: OLEAD is engaged in a close to a dozen collaborative projects. We enjoy a working status with PIVERT as an associate platform, where contract work is commissioned and covered by French SAS [‘LLC’] PIVERT.

ANR ALID 2014 PROVEGAL: a proof-of-concept project that aims to develop new seed crop oil extraction processes engineered to protect crop protein quality.

H2020 Feed-a-Gene: project to improve the performances of animal production systems by adapting feeds to livestock and livestock to feeds.

VOCALIM: a CASDAR project. OLEAD is on board to develop new processes for protein crop value recovery (dehulling, extrusion).

DEACOL: a CASDAR-funded project to develop a new fruit oil neutralizing process to enable softer production-process refining of these fragile oils.