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New ripening room monitoring technology for improving the efficiency and sustainability of cheese ripening
processes

Objective

The SMARTRIPE project will help SMEs from the cheese-making and equipment supply chain to exploit the results of the FP6 TRUEFOOD project, which focused on the introduction of new technologies for the elaboration of European Traditional Food Products, and covered a large range of activities, from consumer behaviour to food safety and nutritional impact. The improvement of ripening of traditional cheeses, involving microbial and processing approaches, was among the most significant results of TRUEFOOD. New control strategies of ripening rooms monitoring were studied, involving their sequential ventilation in order to reduce energy consumption.
In the SMARTRIPE project, access will be provided to the TRUEFOOD results to enable prototype systems to be built based on an innovative combination of sensor technology and control software, with the aim of validating and demonstrating the concept of “sequential ventilation” of ripening rooms in order to save energy (around 50% of electrical consumption necessary for ripening room ventilation) and to control cheese mass loss (cheese water evaporation) versus ripening time targeting pre-defined final cheese weights.
Effective knowledge management and protection procedures will be put in place to pave the way forward for the commercial exploitation of the results, which will be planned out by the participating SME in a business plan. The uptake of the SMARTRIPE technology in the marketplace will result in competitive benefits for traditional cheese-making SME in terms of reduced costs and improved yields. On the supply side, the SME who will commercialise SMARTRIPE in the European cheese-making market will enjoy a highly lucrative business opportunity by being able to supply the market with a scientifically validated technology that offers Unique Selling Points and a demonstrable Return-on-Investment. Moreover, the environmental, social and economic impacts are expected to be high and will be assessed during the project.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 225 920
Administrative Contact
Carlos Pradera (Mr.)

Participants (10)

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 139 960
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antoine Moatti (Mr.)
ELLINIKOS GEORGIKOS ORGANISMOS - DIMITRA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 40 090
Address
Kourtidou 56-58
11145 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Samelis (Dr.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 70 103
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mary O'brien (Ms.)
C2AP SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 131 760
Address
Rue Des Begonnes Za Champ Lamet 2
63430 Pont Du Chateau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dumontel Jean Marc (Mr.)
BIOVAL PROCESS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 76 120
Address
Rue Des Coquillages 8
66140 Canet En Rousillon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georges Corrieu (Dr.)
BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 116 976
Address
Belfield Innovation Park Belfield Nova Ucd
2 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Mc Donnell (Dr.)
SOCIETE FROMAGERE DU LIVRADOIS SAS
France
Address
Les Perrines
63980 Fournols
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Canal Jean Pierre (Mr.)
SKARFI TYROKOMIKA PROIONTA MONOPROSOPI EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 65 184
Address
El Venizelou And Averof
48200 Filippiada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Karagianni (Mrs.)
MARCHMINDER LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 61 748
Address
Cooleeney Moynes
Thurles Tipperary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie Fitzpatrick (Mrs.)
COOPERATIVE FROMAGERE DE PLANEZE SOCIETE COOPERATIVE AGRICOLE
France
EU contribution
€ 72 760
Address
Le Bourg
15300 Valuejols
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrice Tronche (Mr.)