Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Almazara 4.0 (Smart NIR Olive Oil Extraction Control and Measurement System)
Reporting period: 2018-06-01 to 2018-09-30
Utilizing Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, Almazara 4.0 addresses this need of the industry through its non-intrusive design, cloud data management and storage, and real-time process monitoring, Almazara 4.0 enables production managers sufficient time to make rapid or even instantaneous adjustments to the process. Almazara allows for a 35% improvement in the efficiency of the extraction process and continued evaluation of oil quality, being an outstanding decision support tool.
In order to reach final product commercialisation, the hardware must be optimized (enhancing internal and external components’ robustness), as well as the software (a web application and database in the iSR-Cloud shall be developed, as well as a user-friendly interface). Subsequently, 20 further prototypes shall be built and tested in different geographical locations in order to validate the calibration models.
Aside of benefits for olive oil producers, Almazara 4.0 will also foster health and societal benefits:
- Health: Almazara 4.0 allows for the optimization of the process determining the phenolic content in the oil, enhancing is health benefits.
- Societal: higher and more stable profits for producers would translate into quality, stable jobs.