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DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL, COST EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE TO OPTIMISE OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION

Objective

One of the greatest challenges to the olive-oil sector is the optimization of the oil production and extraction process, given the large number of factors that must be integrated and the many variables that can affect production, such as paste fineness, mixing time and temperature. Currently, operational control of extraction equipment is generally carried out manually by an experienced operator, posing inherent problems related to subjectivity of human judgment. The standard method to control oil extraction efficiency is the measurement of oil content and moisture in the by-product using chemical extraction, which is usually performed by a laboratory external to the olive oil mill. Given that laboratory data, essential for the optimization of extraction, is obtained long after sampling, there is no access to real-time information on extraction efficiency. Consequently, the process cannot be instantly optimised. As such, SMEs consortium partners have identified a clear need to develop a real-time measurement and automatic control of critical parameters throughout the entire production process as there are currently no automatic control systems for olive-oil mills in the market. The commercial objective of the project is to develop an automatic control system to optimise the oil extraction process in terms of oil yield and working hours, and reduce the pollution levels of the resulting wastewater. Near Infrared technology and predictive control models will be researched for the improvement and maximisation of olive oil extraction. A new and specific NIR sensor, fulfilling the requirements of the olive oil industry, will be developed for on-line measurement of oil and moisture content and an automatic control system with software based on predictive control models will be developed to process sensor data and automatically optimise the olive oil extraction process.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Coordinator

NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 34 291,39
Administrative Contact
Eva Romagosa (Ms.)

Participants (9)

DVC NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 111 449,50
Address
Wouterbos 8
1630 Linkebeek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rita Moudens (Ms.)
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN LTD
Malta
EU contribution
€ 192 206,40
Address
Gardenia, Vjal Il-mostin Qalbiena 142
N/A Mosta Mst05
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Bonello (Mr.)
AUTELEC SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 179 928,50
Address
Calle Alcalde Jose Puertes 29
46910 Alfafar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Franch Torres (Mr.)
ACEITES MALAGON SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 146 214,60
Address
Glorieta 23 De Junio 4
13420 Malagon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Blanca Moraleda (Ms.)
UYGUN RAFINE YAG SAN. VE TIC. LTD. STI.

Participation ended

Turkey
Address
Yeldegirmeni Ferit Bey Sk. 32
34716 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 163,11
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Valentí Guasch (Mr.)
MALTA INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION FOR SMES LIMITED
Malta
EU contribution
€ 21 657,50
Address
Gardenia - Vjal Il Qalbiena 142
MST 2354 Mosta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Bonello (Mr.)
ADAM. D. BOULOULI & CO OE

Participation ended

Greece
Address
Filiatra 1 K Palias Eo 1K
24100 Gargaliani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Afrodite Gioulou (Ms.)
D'ADDATO AGROALIMENTARE SNC
Italy
EU contribution
€ 135 047
Address
Strada Provinciale 13 Bisceglie
70052 Bisceglie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Daddato