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A novel environmentally friendly and cost-effective technology for thermal and refrigerated processing of yoghurt and fermented milks by air-cycle-based heat pumps

Objective

The prime objective of the proposed YOGHURTAIR project is to generate knowledge and enhance the overall competitiveness of the European dairy industry by developing a novel environmentally benign and cost-effective technology and a versatile pilot system for yoghurt processing. The novelty lies in employing air-cycle-based heat pumps to meet simultaneously the heating and cooling demands of the yoghurt manufacture.

This emerging production method will be implemented for the first time in the dairy sector to provide a perfect processing cycle, involving both a healthy product of natural origin and a system operating with the most natural and purest refrigerant available in the environment. Such an innovative "natural product - natural process" concept affords a unified strategy for integral solving of major environmental, quality and efficiency problems of the conventional food processing by consolidating a critical mass of complementary expertise from SMEs and academia across the EU, associated sates and INCO target countries.

A series of workshops will be arranged and held throughout Europe to promote the new technique among milk processors and end users. Europe-wide dissemination of printed, CD and Internet publications is foreseen to rise the public awareness o f the environmental, health and economic benefits offered by the YOGHURTAIR technology. Feasibility studies will also be conducted on possible applications to thermal and refrigerated processing of other highly perishable biotechnological materials.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-1
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Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
Dublin
Ireland

Participants (8)

G.R. INSTRUMENTS B.V
Netherlands
Address
Voswijk 7
Wijk Bij Duurstede
LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY "MODERN REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGIES - VELIS REFRIGERATION"
Russia
Address
4, Volokolomskoe Str.
Moscow
BULGARIAN SOCIETY OF HEATING, REFRIGERATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING ENGINEERS
Bulgaria
Address
8 Kliment Ohridski Blvd.
Sofia
ZUIVELBOERDERIJ ARNS
Netherlands
Address
Kortslag 2A
Zevenaar
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA DIRECTORATE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - NIS
Bulgaria
Address
8 Kliment Ohrisdki Blvd.
Sofia
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol
CEMAGREF - CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE DU GÉNIE RURAL DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS
France
Address
Parc De Tourvoie
BP44 Paris (Antony)
AGROTECHNOLOGY & FOOD INNOVATIONS B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Bornsesteeg 59
Wageningen