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Nutritional and shelf stable milk by novel microwave processing

Objective

We are a consortium of European SMEs that has identified a promising low energy, time efficient and easy to clean microwave milk processing system that can improve nutritional value and taste of milk and milk products due to shorter heating times required to reach the holding temperatures during heating. Microwave heating will enhance the advantages of UHT (Ultra High Temperature) milk by improving the nutritional and organoleptic quality, comparable to “fresh” HTST (High Temperature Short Time) pasteurised and ESL (Extended shelf life) conventionally-treated milks. The novel system will also increase the shelf life of microwave-treated HTST and ESL milks by reducing the risk of contamination via equipment. Currently most used technology is heating by plate heat exchangers, which requires a cleaning in place system to be used quite often because of milk layers burning at the surfaces of the equipments, leading to increased shut down time. The milk industry aims at reducing the cleaning time of milk processing plants to increase the production time. Therefore, one of the major advantages of the MicroMilk system is the rapid achievement of retention temperature by direct interaction of milk with microwaves; resulting in easier cleanability with subsequent reduction of cleaning time and the minimisation of contamination sources via equipment. Objectives: Create an electro-thermal model of microwave cavity to enable controlled and uniform heating; Design, simulate, optimize and develop a demo-system at 60 l/h; Enhance the microbiological, nutritional and organoleptic quality and the shelf life of milk; Reduce the cleaning time and minimise the contamination sources of milk via equipment; Full HACCP and GMP compliance; Decrease cost of milk treatment from €1,200/tonne with state of the art systems to less than €1,000/tonne, leading the SME participants to > €18million in shared profit within five years after the end of this project.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 17 711
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (7)

C. VAN 'T RIET DAIRY TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 259 667
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
€ 141 748
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.)
ROROSMEIERIET AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 142 908
Address
Sollihagaen 2
7374 Roros
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trond Vilhelm Lund (Mr.)
MALTHE WINJE AUTOMASJON AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 259 986
Address
Haukeliveien 48
1410 Kolbotn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paal Brantzeg (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 3 172
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Liebig (Prof.)
SCHWARZWALDMILCH GMBH FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 135 330
Address
Haslacherstrasse 12
79115 Freiburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Rauber (Mr.)