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DEMOnStrators of micro waves efficiency for agrifood industry

Objective

Vegetable proteins are more than ever an issue for future generations. Unfortunately, today’s Europe suffers from severe chronic dependence on protein imports from the American continent. Significant works are therefore underway among the industry’s manufacturers to reduce dependence and to develop products for human consumption based on vegetable proteins with superior characteristics.
Process improvements are sought in this context in order to increase, in a cost-effective manner, and with a minimised environmental and energy footprint, the extraction of soluble and/or native proteins while providing better control of their physiological and functional properties (digestibility, allergenicity, bioactivity, organoleptic characteristics...).
Because it can generate a given amount of electromagnetic energy at a given frequency, and in accordance with propagation rules that are managed and controlled in a very precise and dynamic manner, depending on the food process involved and the electromagnetic absorption capacities of the plant resources to be treated, the DEMOS microwave equipment, developed by 3 industry-leading SMEs, paves the way for such process innovation!
To access the markets, the three DEMOS SMEs must demonstrate the industrial reality of their first prototypes by upscaling them into a completely industrial microwave treatment equipment capable of continuously processing several dozens of tonnes per hour while ensuring better recovery of vegetable proteins and making energy and chemical savings of 30% compared to the processes of extraction, steaming or conventional chemical treatments.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEINST-2-2014
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Funding Scheme

SME-2 - SME instrument phase 2

Coordinator

DEMMOS
Address
15 Rue De La Mairie
24400 Saint Medard De Mussidan
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 244 636,75

Participants (2)

EODISS SYSTEMS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 275 668,75
Address
Carre Terres Blanques 10
17740 Vilafant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRANA RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 188 658,75
Address
52 Avenue De La Liberation
19360 Malemort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)