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Integrated engineering approach validating reduced water and energy consumption in milk processing for wider food supply chain replication

Objective

EnReMilk will achieve significant water and energy savings in representative dairy case studies, mozzarella and milk powder production, across the supply chain. The dairy industry is an important food industry sector with sales of €124.3 billion and added value of €17.4 billion p.a. It is a high energy and water consumer, both overall and per unit production: up to 6.47 MWh (5.55 MWhth and 0.92 MWhel) and 60 m3 of water per tonne processed milk. 98 % of the fresh water used is of drinking water quality with 80% of energy consumed in process heating, pasteurisation, sterilisation, drying and cleaning operations. During EnReMilk, energy savings of at least 20% and water savings of at least 30% will be achieved in case studies (3 months production), replicable in both SME and larger dairies. These savings will be validated against a consumption baseline of existing operation, being validated in model simulations and in physical trials. Emerging and novel engineering technologies will be optimised and implemented in key dairy unit operations to provide significant and simultaneous saving of water and energy, while ensuring food quality and safety. It will: (i) identify and monitor water and energy consumption patterns of along the entire supply chain, (ii) model and simulate to evaluate savings potential of a vast array of technological scenarios, (iii) optimise selected technologies in case studies with highest water and energy saving potential, (iv) optimise resource supply and use strategies, and (v) ensure benefits for food producers and equipment manufacturers, while reconciling sustainability imperatives. It will ensure a smooth translation into practical implementation, providing an innovation-driven increase in the competitiveness of the EU dairy sector. EnReMilk will ensure that engineering innovations are verified as environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially responsible, and that food quality and safety is not compromised.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy

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

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 998 498
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (15)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Nomentana 41
00161 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Manelli (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 543 450
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephan Dabbert (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 175
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Murat Sen (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 244 780
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laura Proietti (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 462 763
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mercé Torrellas (Ms.)
FUNDACION ESADE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 309 300
Address
Avenida Pedralbes 60-62
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Castellucci (Ms.)
C. VAN 'T RIET DAIRY TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 525 470
Address
Dorpstraat 25
2445 AJ Aarlanderveen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Piet Verburg (Mr.)
DANTECH UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 307 760
Address
Ringtail Road Meriln Park Unit 901
L40 8JY Burscough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colin Turner (Mr.)
Eilenburger Elektrolyse- und Umwelttechnik GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 302 396
Address
Friedrich-engelhorn-str. 7
04838 Eilenburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Jürgen Förster (Dr.)
G.C.M. GRUPPO CASEARIO MERIDIONALESRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 180
Address
Via Eduardo De Filippo 12
80048 Sant Anastasia Na
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angelo Raffaele Maiello (Mr.)
ASIO TECH SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 173 106
Address
Ksirova 552/45
619 00 Brno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michaela Pokorna (Ms.)
HELIX GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 312 470
Address
Gottlieb Daimler Strasse 1
71334 Waiblingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Armin Weinbrenner (Mr.)
JOACHIM LIPPOLD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 241 670
Address
Kiratshofen - Am Kirchberg 16
87452 Altusried
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joachim Wolfgang Günther Friedrich Lippold (Mr.)
SCHWARZWALDMILCH GMBH FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 152 997
Address
Haslacherstrasse 12
79115 Freiburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Rauber (Mr.)
HECKMANN MASCHINENBAU UND VERFAHRENSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 311 600
Address
Hespenweg 20
27313 Dorverden Hulsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Heckmann (Mr.)