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Innovation in the process of cork production for elimination of odours responsible for cork taint. from exploratory award exaw-1999-01117

Objective

The wine and cork industry incur almost 1000 MEURO per year losses due to cork taint, substances that develop naturally or through contaminating of the cork stopper and cause products of inferior quality. It is proposed to refurbish the cork stopper elaboration process through the incorporation of novel and modular unit operations and a new quality assurance method that could be applied to any size enterprise in the sector. The redesigned process includes novel unit operations of physicochemical treatment , membrane application, photo catalytic oxidation and on the line quality control with immunosensors aims to render the cork stopper production at least 99% taint-free through complimentary incremental improvements. The project proposes to implement the refurbished process in a modular prototype plant.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI
Address
Avinguda Dels Paisos Catalans 26
43007 Tarragona
Spain

Participants (4)

ALVARO COELHO IRMAOS SA
Portugal
Address
Zona Industrial De Prime Apartado
4535 Lourosa/ Mozelos Murado
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
University of Patras
Greece
Address
Caratheodory St. 1
26500 Patras
VITI-VINICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER - AMPELOOENIKI LTD
Greece
Address
Thessaloniki Technology Park
57001 Thermi