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Faster Upcoming Technology Uptake Relevant for the Environment in FOOds Drying

Objective

Future Food aims at demonstration and first market application of an eco-innovative solution for sustainable food drying. The process makes use of high pressure CO2 technology as drying medium which enables efficient drying at close-to-ambient temperatures in absence of oxygen. Research and development studies have shown it feasibility of being an ecological and economical alternative to freeze-drying, for products categories vegetables and fruits, specialty ingredients such as proteins and biopolymers. Besides good preservation of a food quality, microbial inactivation occurs in situ which attributes to ensuring food safety.

The main objectives are: (i) minimize risks that could prevent CO2 drying to enter the market and (ii) to demonstrate its market replication potential via a first application to the market.

The base of the project is to provide on the one hand prototyped products and on the other prototyped process extensions that will increase the market potential. Prototyping processing elements will demonstrate the energy reduction of the process and the full width of applications at a pilot scale. By preparing three product prototypes the aim is to demonstrate the full potential of this technology to the industry at a foodgrade level, resulting in validation of the process.

On the basis of the prototype assessments, in close conjunction with industrial (SME) parties, the process will be certified, (economically) validated and demonstrated to the industry. The final step is demonstrating the process in a near-operational environment to identify all the benefits for consumer and the food chain.
By doing so, the drying process will evolve from a TRL 4-5 to a TRL 8. By intensive dissemination to increase visibility, the technology will disseminated to SME’s in Europe to maximize uptake of the technology in the market and realizating impact on sustainability, food safety and economy.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit growing
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/vegetable growing
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 238 750

Participants (6)

FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 455 890,75
Address
Rijnkade 17 A
1382 GS Weesp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VNK B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 278 931,62
Address
Loofklapper 25-27
8256SL Biddinghuizen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 316 562,50
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CO2 DRY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 452 709,25
Address
Rijnkade 17 A
1382 GS Weesp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 190 042,50
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE - UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 161 145
Address
Nemanjina 6
11080 Belgrade
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments