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An unprecedented water-recycling system for washing, rinsing and drying of thermal insulated containers within the Food Industry

Project description

A fast, cheap way to clean food containers

Thermal insulated containers used by food retailers to safely transport their products are cleaned at logistic centres and reused multiple times. Container cleaning is a critical step in food operations and poses challenges such as effectiveness, cost and environmental impact of the cleaning. The EU-funded OPTAINER project proposes the first automated modular cleaning station that can be perfectly integrated into the logistic centres of food retailers. The water-recycling system washes, rinses and dries food containers fast, at low cost, and with low energy and water consumption. OPTAINER ensures that perfectly cleaned and safe containers are used for the transportation of temperature-controlled foods to retail stores.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 813 619,50
Haverheidelaan 3
9140 Temse

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Sint-Niklaas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 777 265,50